Relationships

Focus on the Family Commentary

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A Father's Impact on His Daughter

A girl's relationship with her father has a profound effect on her life. Nothing bolsters a daughter’s self-respect and confidence more than a man of integrity who keeps his word to her and follows through on his promises.

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Make a Memory With Your Kids

Parenting expert, Kevin Leman, describes how he made a memory with his daughter. He shares the importance of connecting with your daughter. Listen to the full program here.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Critical Talks to Have With Your Son

Best-selling author Vicki Courtney encourages parents to shape the lives of their sons by having meaningful conversations with them about important topics like resisting the negative influences of culture, the dangers of premarital sex and more.

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Game Plan for Having a Happier Family (Part 2 of 2)

Psychologist and best-selling author Dr. Kevin Leman outlines five key ways parents can improve the relational dynamics in their family. (Part 2 of 2)

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Game Plan for Having a Happier Family (Part 1 of 2)

Psychologist and best-selling author Dr. Kevin Leman outlines five key ways parents can improve the relational dynamics in their family. (Part 1 of 2)

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Helping Kids Relate in a Screen-Driven World (Parts 1-2)

Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane explain the dangers of overusing digital gadgets and media, and offer parents practical advice on establishing healthy boundaries and teaching their kids the importance of face-to-face relational skills. For more information, see the daily broadcast episode Helping Kids Relate in a Screen-Driven World Part 1 and Part 2.

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A dad is overseeing his son as the youngster is learning how to put up their tent as if they are camping

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Rites of Passage for Your Son

Robert Lewis

The power of ceremony to reaffirm a son's shaky identity, in some cases redirect his life, and empower his future was wholly unexpected.

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A proud mom and dad with their college graduat

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College Graduation: The Knight Stage

Robert Lewis

It is here that we formally initiate our sons into manhood; youth ends here.

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Parents proudly standing with their newly graduated son

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High School Graduation: The Squire Stage

Robert Lewis

Upon leaving home for college, a young man discovers a newfound sense of freedom; unless he is well-grounded, he may choose to renounce the values of home.

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A young teen looking into the distance

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Puberty: The 'Page' Stage

Robert Lewis

At this stage in his development, a boy's body often outpaces his ability to comprehend the changes taking place inside him; he needs a father's help to make sense of the confusion.

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A dad in a bandana with his teen son in the wilderness

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Initiating Sons Into Manhood

Robert Lewis

Here are some key passages in a boy's journey to manhood.

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A dad laughing with his young son

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Your Son Wants You to Notice Him

Robert Lewis

Many sons today have a sense of themselves, a premonition that they were created for something significant, if only someone would notice them!

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Shot of a bride and a groom from the waist up

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Marriage: The Promise/Oath Stage

Robert Lewis

The important thing is that you do something creative and memorable to initiate your son into manhood.

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Father and daughter looking at each other and smiling

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Rites of Passage for Your Daughter

With our words we will affect the lives of those around us as we speak blessings, not curses, into their lives.

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Older brother and younger sister making faces at each other

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Sibling Rivalry

How well do your children get along? They can get along better than you think with a little training. 

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Family Time and Relationships

The key is giving your children a sense of belonging.

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Three generations of a family go for a walk together — a family legacy

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Family Legacies

If we don't intentionally pass a legacy consistent with our beliefs, our culture will pass along its own.

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A young girl is pointing her finger at the camera, as if blaming whoever is on the other side of it.

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Taming the Tattletale

Ginger Plowman

Remind your children that their relationships with one another will last longer than with anyone else in the world.

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A young girl and boy in red shirts are shaking hands, as if arriving at a truce.

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Teaching Children to Be Peacemakers

Ken Sande

Here are 12 principles you can teach your children to help them resolve conflicts among themselves or with their friends.

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Age to Age

Betty Hanks

How multigenerational friendships can benefit today's kids

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