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Childhood Sexual Development for 9-12 Year Olds

Even if you’ve followed every rule or principle regarding your child’s sexual development to this point, there are upcoming changes that require your renewed attention and investment in your preteen’s life. God designed your preteen with a specific purpose. Help support and encourage them as they discover that purpose and its connection with their sexual development.

For some parents, this age and stage might arrive as a wake-up call. One day your son or daughter reminds you of their younger years when they were a toddler. Then, the next day they’re ready to leave the house and conquer the world. For both boys and girls, this age and stage presents a wide range of developmental milestones that impact your preteen’s childhood sexual development.

At this point in his or her life, your child likely has developed their personality, interests, and friend groups more than ever before. As they explore more of their world, your child interacts with a variety of new ideas involving key topics such as morality, truth, and of course, sexuality.

Whether it’s within conversations at school or messages proliferated by media and culture, your child will develop thoughts and opinions about, well, everything. However, there’s likely no more culturally impactful or divisive topic than sexuality. And your child’s personal thoughts and experiences regarding these issues begins with their childhood sexual development.

Even if you’ve followed every rule or principle regarding your child’s sexual development to this point, there are upcoming changes that require your renewed attention and investment in your preteen’s life. As your child continues their development, you can continue your growth as a parent alongside them. Think about which topics they can handle and which conversations might take more time to unpack. Don’t forget that God uniquely designed your child according to His will. As you continue reading, consider how you support your child’s sexual development throughout this age and stage.

The Basics of Childhood Sexual Development

Foundation: Your preteen will be forced to navigate the balance between believing the world or God. In the context of sexual development, God places a far greater value on your preteen than the world does. As a parent, you have the unique opportunity to support your child in their discovery and pursuit of knowledge and experiences tied to sexual development.

Adolescence brings heightened self-consciousness and ego for your preteen. For some preteens, an increase in these areas is directly connected to sexual development. So your preteen’s mindset surrounding sexual development will focus on searching for answers to their questions. As a parent, you can maximize this age and stage for key conversations about sexual development.

Goal: To equip your child to take care of his or her body, mind, and spirit during a period of increased sexual development. Then, continue to cultivate a biblical worldview with responses of gratitude to God.

The Bigger Picture: In this age and stage, we want to help our children learn how to process their emotions in general. However, in an highly sexualized culture, emotions are often inseparable from sex. Whether you realize it or not, your preteen wrestles with emotions that are specific to their sexual health, integrity, and development.

It’s no wonder that there’s a strong correlation between sexual development and mental health within this age and stage. Your 9-12 year old needs help sorting through their emotions. Yet, your preteen doesn’t need you to tell them the teenage years are approaching quickly. But they do need you to be present when they arrive. Even if they don’t admit it.

Spending quality and consistent time with your preteen right now will establish a strong foundation for both the present and the future when more complex and difficult conversations about sexual development arise.

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Understanding Sexual Development Ages 9-12

In this age and stage, sexual development begins to grow more personalized and unique. Whereas previous stages of development contain more universal milestones, this stage depends on a variety of factors that uniquely impact your individual child. Additionally, there are increased differences between young girls and young boys that impact your approach to sexual development.

As your child continues to mature, there will be more opportunities for each parent to have special one-on-one time with their same-gender child. Whether you are a father or mother, your role as a parent begins to shift because of this. For more information and resources regarding these gender-specific changes explore other Focus on the Family parenting content here.

Let’s continue with some of the normal behaviors and changes associated with this age and stage. While reading, remember that it is okay if your child has not experienced all or any of these developments yet. Your child’s sexual development is unique. And as a parent, you can support and encourage them throughout their journey.

What’s Normal

  • Your child will likely have a variety of complex questions. However, that doesn’t always mean they’ll ask. In this age and stage, the questions extend beyond simple what or when to include how and why. So even though they might not be talking or directly asking you, they certainly have questions.
  • Masturbation at home or in other private places is not uncommon at this age. However, you should monitor any masturbation-related behavior from your preteen. For more resources on masturbation and its effect on preteens, click here.
  • In younger ages and stages, role-playing as “mom and dad” can be innocent and harmless. However, as your children age, role-playing can begin to include sexual themes. Be aware of how your child role-plays, especially if they consistently role-play as a mom, dad, or doctor with other children their age.
  • Increased understanding of sexual content such as jokes, stories, and entertainment.
  • Expressed anxiety about puberty. An increase in stress around the topic of puberty will impact your son and daughter differently, which leads into further discussions about the differences between the two genders.

What’s Normal for Males

  • Worry or confusion about unfamiliar terms such as “wet dreams” or “erections.”
  • A rapid or sudden shift in genital development, facial and pubic hair, or other physical features.
  • Embarrassment regarding voice changes, voice cracks, weight, and muscle development.
  • Conversations about shaving, sexually-charged jokes, or other body-related topics.

What’s Normal for Females

  • Worry or confusion about menstruation or their menstrual cycle.
  • A rapid or sudden shift in breast development, height, or other physical features.
  • Embarrassment or extra attention regarding clothing size, weight gain or loss.
  • Conversations about makeup, clothes, shaving, or other beauty-related topics.

Developmental Tasks for Your Child

  • Maintain and develop a routine filled with habits of physical exercise, sleep, and consistent nutrition.
  • Increased attention and help involving thought control. For example, your preteen will experience a variety of new thoughts and ideas. In these situations, they will need help with filtering their thoughts and navigating new philosophies they’ve never considered before.
  • A greater need for trust and a relationship with their same-gendered parent. In this relationship, offer and maintain personal accountability with your preteen. Boys need to bond with their dads, and girls with their moms. In a spiritual sense, these relationships can begin to move beyond the parent-child relationship as you weave in conversations about faith and discipleship.

Healthy Sexual Development for 9-12 Year Olds

As much as you may want to, you can’t control everything. You can probably look back on those toddler or elementary years and nod in agreement. But the preteen years present a different challenge altogether. While your child navigates a variety of physical, emotional, and mental changes, you can be the constant.

God created you to be a parent just as much as He created your preteen to be a preteen. Right now, this is the stage of life that your family is in. For however long it lasts, you can commit to providing the best support, encouragement, and love for your preteen. It begins with an honest admission and realization of what you can control and how you can demonstrate unending love for your preteen.

What You Can Control

  • The Talk. In some form, we’ve each heard of awkward situations between parents and their kids regarding conversations about sex. However, there’s no more important conversation than this to help provide clarity, wisdom, and biblical explanations involving God’s design and creation of sex, sexuality, and sexual development.
  • At Focus on the Family, we recommend discussing topics of sex with your children at any age. However, we do believe that the preteen years provide the perfect window to guide your kids through more complex topics involving sex and sexual development. If you need guidance and help in approaching this topic with your preteen, please explore our resources here.

What to Teach

  • Clarity about sexual development in terms of anatomy and physiology. Maintain age-appropriate language, examples, and stories in these conversations.
  • Share any of your life stories involving sexual development that are age appropriate. When discussing a bad choice you made in the past, talk about how you felt then, propose a better alternative, and offer space to answer your preteen’s questions.
  • Create space for conversations about sexual abuse within the culture. Educate them, but don’t frighten them. If there’s a particular situation within school or friendships that’s relevant, consider how you can discuss it with your preteen. Explore biblical wisdom regarding sexual abuse as well as our individual roles in these difficult situations.

Creating Boundaries

  • When possible, provide supervised social gatherings in your home for your preteens.
  • Even in this age and stage, the topic of dating is popular among preteens. If your preteen expresses interest in pursuing dating, consider how you can intentionally create healthy conversations about boundaries surrounding dating.
  • Masturbation. One of the most awkward and complicated topics within childhood sexual development. As mentioned earlier, masturbation is normal. Your 9-12 year old’s curiosity can certainly lead to self-stimulation. Depending on your child’s life experiences, masturbation can be linked to lust and sexual fantasies. However, you can create appropriate boundaries surrounding a topic such as masturbation.
  • In this age and stage, your preteen might express a greater interest in seeking personal privacy. Before setting strict boundaries regarding privacy, have conversations with your child about these topics. Discover your child’s familiarity and exposure to sexually explicit content. This will help guide your decision-making about the reasoning behind rules involving privacy within your home.

Reinforcing Biblical Sexuality

What to Avoid

It’s never been easier for your children to seek answers on their own. With access only a few clicks away, your preteen can find answers to their questions without much help. Instead of allowing your preteen to discover everything about their sexual development on their own, take initiative and be intentional in your relationship with your child.

In this age and stage, your preteen will learn a variety of new definitions, terms, and ideas from multiple influences. As a parent, you can commit to teaching your preteen about God’s design and definitions involving sexual topics.

Key Conversations

  • Rather than forcing your will for your child’s development, focus on God’s will. Consider what the Bible teaches about sexual development and a parent’s role in that process. Engage in conversations with your preteen about God’s design for sexuality and their personal sexual development.
  • Talk with your preteen about their friendships, especially those with older friends and opposite gender friends. Gauge their understanding of appropriate boundaries in these friendships
  • Normalize conversations around dating. Within your home, create space for expectations involving dating. Engage your preteen through questions rather than exclusively establishing boundaries without their input.

Technology and Entertainment

  • Maintain open and ongoing conversations about the content your family consumes. Whether it’s movies with sexual themes or music with sexually explicit lyrics, discuss these realities with your preteen.
  • Use PluggedIn to help guide your decision-making as a parent when it comes to technology and entertainment choices.

Boundaries and Behavior

  • Avoid remaining unaware about your preteen’s relationships with opposite-gender friends, especially in the context of dating. As mentioned earlier, establish clear boundaries involving dating with ongoing conversations.
  • Take initiative with discussions about modesty. Usually these conversations revolve around clothing choices. Rather than creating a list of acceptable and unacceptable clothes, consider how you can engage in active dialogue about what your family decides is appropriate. Evolve these discussions to include decision-making about language, time management, and media consumption rather simple immodest clothing.

Next Steps for Healthy Sexual Development

As mentioned earlier, this age and stage contains a wide-range of specific situations for different preteens. With childhood sexual development, there’s rarely a singular theory or approach that fits everyone. When considering your relationship with your 9-12 year old, prioritize their own understanding and comfort above your own.

Ask yourself these questions. Be honest with your answers. Does my preteen have a complete understanding of sex? Have we discussed key differences between boys and girls and their upcoming physical changes? Is there a specific topic of childhood sexual development that we have not discussed or skipped? Do we need extra help in navigating these issues? If so, which ones?

As you reflect, read through these next steps to continue your focus on your child’s sexual development.

  • Monitor your preteen’s questions, relationships with friends, and understanding of complex topics associated with sexual content. Look for clues that they’re asking more questions or exploring these issues on their own.
  • Keep track of which topics make your preteen more uncomfortable and which topics they’re okay talking about.
  • Incorporate a biblical worldview into your discussions about sexual development as often as you can. Explore how you can use the Bible or church sermons to support these discussions. Then, commit to praying for your child’s journey through their personal development.

Final Thoughts on Healthy Sexual Development

The teenage years are right around the corner. And your preteen is entering some of the most fruitful and difficult times of his or her life so far. Your role as a parent provides countless opportunities to support and encourage your preteen along the way.

If you think your child’s sexual behavior is problematic, consider reaching out to a doctor or pediatrician. In some extreme cases, consider the option of counseling for you or your child. Professional help can be a necessary and beneficial step in their childhood sexual development.

Your conversations will be awkward. It’s likely that your preteen will be uncomfortable. You might even be uncomfortable too. At first. But that’s okay. Your commitment to intentionally choosing initiative in the area of sexual development is important and necessary. Your child’s holistic development depends on your investment as a parent in their life.

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Debra Fileta is a licensed professional counselor specializing in relationship and marital issues. She is also a public speaker and the author of multiple books, including Married SexChoosing Marriage: Why It Has to Start With We > Me, Love in Every Season, and Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are, How You’re Doing, and Why It Matters. Debra’s popular relationship advice blog, TrueLoveDates.com, and her Love + Relationships podcast reach millions of people each year offering guidance on topics including love, sex, and marriage. Debra resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, John, and their four children.

Are You Really Okay?

Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

In Are You Really OK? author and licensed counselor Debra Fileta challenges you to get real with who you are and how you’re doing spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically so you can recognize where you need growth and healing.

Embracing Your Role as a Spouse

As a spouse, you have three roles to play—a friend, a partner, and a lover. On this one-day Focus on the Family broadcast, Pastor Kevin A. Thompson explores those different roles and challenges you to live them out by investing emotionally, physically, and mentally in your relationship. As friends, he suggests we learn to play and laugh together. As partners, he equips us with solid ways to handle conflict and communication. As lovers, he offers some thoughts on how to bring back the sizzle. He shares five keys to saving your marriage: humility, respect, mercy, communication, and resilience. You’ll be encouraged to intentionally invest in your marriage.

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Pastor Kevin Thompson

Kevin A. Thompson (MDiv, Beeson Divinity School) is lead pastor at Community Bible Church, a growing multi-site church with four locations in western Arkansas. Every year he meets with nearly one hundred couples with a range of needs, from pre-marital counseling to navigating the most serious betrayals. A marriage and parenting conference speaker, he and his wife, Jenny, have two children and live in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He blogs at kevinathompson.com.

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Friends, Partners, and Lovers: What It Takes to Make Your Marriage Work

With engaging stories and clear, simple language, pastor Kevin Thompson shows how to live out three distinct roles in marraige. Using solid biblical principles, he helps you and your spouse grow your friendship, be supportive partners through the good times and the bad, and develop a healthy and satisfying sex life.

Sharing Your Faith with Grace and Purpose

You can confidently and lovingly share your faith—you just need to learn some new tactics to do so! In this Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast, apologist Greg Koukl outlines the “Columbo” tactic of asking questions, the “self-defeating argument” tactic to find holes in your opponent’s arguments, and other specific methods for engaging in faith-building conversations with others. Greg pulls from his over 30 years of experience debating atheists and agnostics to help you share your faith with grace and truth.

Mr. Greg Koukl

Greg Koukl is a writer, public speaker and talk show host who’s spent 30 years advocating for and defending the Christian worldview. Greg has written or contributed to 15 books, including The Story of RealityTactics, and Precious Unborn Human Persons. Greg has published nearly 230 articles and has spoken on 80 college and university campuses in the U.S. and abroad.

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Tactics, 10th Anniversary Edition: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions

In a world increasingly indifferent to Christian truth, followers of Christ need to be equipped to communicate with those who do not speak their language or accept their source of authority. In Tactics, 10th Anniversary Edition, Gregory Koukl demonstrates how to artfully regain control of conversations, keeping them moving forward in constructive ways through thoughtful diplomacy. You’ll learn how to stop challengers in their tracks and how to turn the tables on questions or provocative statements. Most important, you’ll learn how to get people thinking about Jesus.

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 1

Debra Fileta has identified the four seasons of marriage that correspond with our natural seasons – spring (new life and new love), summer (things get hot!), fall (showing our true colors), and winter (long days ahead). In this interview, she will help couples better understand the four seasons of healthy relationships, what to expect during each one, and how to carefully navigate them for a stronger marriage.

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Debra Fileta

Debra Fileta is a licensed professional counselor specializing in relationship and marital issues. She is also a public speaker and the author of multiple books, including Married SexChoosing Marriage: Why It Has to Start With We > Me, Love in Every Season, and Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are, How You’re Doing, and Why It Matters. Debra’s popular relationship advice blog, TrueLoveDates.com, and her Love + Relationships podcast reach millions of people each year offering guidance on topics including love, sex, and marriage.

Love in Every Season: Understanding the Four Stages of a Healthy Relationship

Every relationship goes through four life-changing seasons: Spring. Summer. Fall. Winter. Each season plays an important role in taking your relationship to the next level. And depending on how you navigate each season, your relationship will either flourish and grow, or it will slowly die. Whether you’re single, dating, engaged or married, join licensed professional counselor and relationship expert, Debra Fileta as she takes you on an eye-opening psychological and spiritual journey through the four seasons that she has observed in every healthy relationship.

How a Former Abortion Doctor Became Pro-Life

As an abortion doctor at Planned Parenthood, Dr. Patti Giebink believed she was helping women. Later, she began reading scripture and God gradually changed her heart on the abortion issue. Patti tells the story of her long journey from abortion doctor to pro-life and encourages listeners to share the message of life with compassion.

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Mrs. Patti Giebink

Dr. Patti Giebink is an OB-GYN who serves on the board of the Alpha Center, a well-known pregnancy center located in Sioux Falls, S.D. She also travels intermittently to work in mission hospitals in Pakistan and other countries. After completing her medical training, Dr. Giebink worked for Planned Parenthood from 1995-1997, during which she was the only abortion-provider in the state of South Dakota. She eventually experienced a radical change of heart on the issue of abortion after receiving God’s grace, forgiveness, and love, and she is now a passionate advocate for the pro-life movement.

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Unexpected Choice: An Abortion Doctor’s Journey to Pro-Life

Unexpected Choice is told from the perspective of a doctor who actually performed abortions through Planned Parenthood. The book chronicles her journey from being a pro-choice physician to someone speaking on behalf of the pro-life movement.

Giving up Sugar, Tasting God's Goodness

As a latchkey kid, Wendy Speake turned to sugar for comfort. Every Friday, she would pedal to the candy show and use her allowance to fill her bag with candy. And one day, when she was older and a mom of three young boys, she came to realize that she was still “pedaling” away from her stress and using sugar as comfort, instead of turning to Jesus. She was joyless, worn out, tired, and in need of a change. In this interview, Wendy will challenge Christians to take 40 days to focus on fasting from something they turn to instead of Jesus for comfort. She invited people to break free from a dependence on sugar and taste the goodness of God.

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Mrs. Wendy Speake

With a background in Hollywood as a trained actress, Wendy Speake ministers to women as a bible teacher by applying the power of drama, poetry and comedy to the study of Scripture and real-life application of biblical truths. She has co-authored two books with Amber Lia titled Triggers: Exchanging Parents’ Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses and their latest, Parenting Scripts: When What You’re Saying Isn’t Working, Say Something New. Wendy is also the co-author (with Kelli Stuart) of Life Creative: Inspiration for Today’s Renaissance Mom.

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The 40-Day Sugar Fast: Where Physical Detox Meets Spiritual Transformation

Welcome to the 40-Day Sugar Fast, a fast that begins with us giving Jesus our sugar and ends with Jesus giving us himself–the only thing that can ever truly satisfy our soul’s deep hunger. On this 40-day journey you’ll learn how to stop fixating on food and other things you use to fill the voids in life and instead fix your eyes on Christ. Anyone who runs to sugar for comfort or a reward, who eats mindlessly or out of boredom, who feels physically and spiritually lethargic, or who struggles with self-control will discover here not only freedom from their cravings but an entirely new appetite for the good things God has for us.

Understanding the Root of Your Child's Misbehavior - Part 1

Often, children act out because they are used to getting attention through bad behavior. Dr. Kevin Leman offers advice to help parents transform their child’s behavior. He discusses the benefits of allowing your kids to learn from real-life consequences and describes the importance of understanding your child’s temperament based on his birth order.

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman is an internationally known family psychologist and an award-winning, New York Times best-selling author. He is also a popular public speaker and media personality who has made countless guest appearances on numerous radio and TV programs. Dr. Leman has written more than 50 books including The Birth Order BookHave a New Kid by Friday and Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours.

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

Tantrums. Talking back. Throwing toys or food. Meltdowns. Slamming doors. Kids know just how to push your buttons. You’ve tried all sorts of methods, but nothing seems to work. In this book, Dr. Kevin Leman reveals exactly why kids misbehave and how you can turn that behavior around with practical, no-nonsense strategies that really work . . . and are a long-term win for both of you.

Understanding the Root of Your Child's Misbehavior - Part 2

Often, children act out because they are used to getting attention through bad behavior. Dr. Kevin Leman offers advice to help parents transform their child’s behavior. He discusses the benefits of allowing your kids to learn from real-life consequences and describes the importance of understanding your child’s temperament based on his birth order.

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman is an internationally known family psychologist and an award-winning, New York Times best-selling author. He is also a popular public speaker and media personality who has made countless guest appearances on numerous radio and TV programs. Dr. Leman has written more than 50 books including The Birth Order BookHave a New Kid by Friday and Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours.

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

Tantrums. Talking back. Throwing toys or food. Meltdowns. Slamming doors. Kids know just how to push your buttons. You’ve tried all sorts of methods, but nothing seems to work. In this book, Dr. Kevin Leman reveals exactly why kids misbehave and how you can turn that behavior around with practical, no-nonsense strategies that really work . . . and are a long-term win for both of you.

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 2

Debra Fileta has identified the four seasons of marriage that correspond with our natural seasons – spring (new life and new love), summer (things get hot!), fall (showing our true colors), and winter (long days ahead). In this interview, she will help couples better understand the four seasons of healthy relationships, what to expect during each one, and how to carefully navigate them for a stronger marriage.

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Debra Fileta

Debra Fileta is a licensed professional counselor specializing in relationship and marital issues. She is also a public speaker and the author of multiple books, including Married SexChoosing Marriage: Why It Has to Start With We > Me, Love in Every Season, and Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are, How You’re Doing, and Why It Matters. Debra’s popular relationship advice blog, TrueLoveDates.com, and her Love + Relationships podcast reach millions of people each year offering guidance on topics including love, sex, and marriage.

Love in Every Season: Understanding the Four Stages of a Healthy Relationship

Every relationship goes through four life-changing seasons: Spring. Summer. Fall. Winter. Each season plays an important role in taking your relationship to the next level. And depending on how you navigate each season, your relationship will either flourish and grow, or it will slowly die. Whether you’re single, dating, engaged or married, join licensed professional counselor and relationship expert, Debra Fileta as she takes you on an eye-opening psychological and spiritual journey through the four seasons that she has observed in every healthy relationship.

Reconciling Faith and Science in a Medical Crisis

Dr. Lee Warren is a neurosurgeon who has faced many heavy challenges in his life – from serving in the Iraq War to removing deadly brain tumors to experiencing the loss of a teenage son. He’ll share about his difficult quest to find answers to some of life’s toughest questions, while holding onto his faith in God and the sure hope of heaven

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Dr. Lee Warren

W. Lee Warren, M.D., is a brain surgeon , inventor, Iraq War veteran, and author of I’ve Seen the End of You: A Neurosurgeon’s Look at Faith, Doubt, and the Things We Think We Know, winner of the Christian Book Award®. His previous book, No Place to Hide, was included on the 2015 U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff’s Recommended Reading List. Dr. Warren has appeared on The 700 Club and the CBS Evening News, and his writings have been featured in Guideposts magazine. His Dr. Lee Warren Podcast, which is heard in more than 60 countries, helps listeners use the power of neuroscience, faith, and common sense to change their lives.

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I've Seen the End of You: A Neurosurgeon's Look at Faith, Doubt, and the Things We Think We Know

This gripping inspirational memoir grapples with the tension between faith and science—and between death and hope—as a seasoned neurosurgeon faces insurmountable odds and grief both in the office and at home.

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 1

Jodie Berndt loves to pray for her children. She’s been doing that for the past thirty years. Now she helps other parents to talk to God, asking for the salvation of their kids, and for wisdom, self-discipline, purpose, a future and much more. She offers fun and practical encouragement that moms and dads can put to work immediately in their daily lives as they prepare their children for a life in Christ.

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Jodie Berndt

Jodie Berndt is a public speaker, a Bible teacher, and the the author of 10 books. Find out more about Jodie and get some free resources (including printable prayer cards and calendars) at her website, jodieberndt.com.

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Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

You will discover how using the Bible to shape your desires and requests opens the door to God’s provision—and frees us from things like worry and fear in our parenting! This expanded edition of the bestseller features updated content on issues like technology and identity, and comes with new material designed to invite children into the family prayer circle. Purchase now and receive 10% off your product.

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 1

Rhonda Stoppe describes her early motherhood challenges of raising a son, which was intimidating to her. She found help through group of older women mentors. She urges moms to see their role as ministry in shaping sons to be good and godly men. Rhonda outlines several practical suggestions to moms about spiritual training, how to communicate with boys, and supporting the father-son relationship as a wife.

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Rhonda Stoppe

Drawing upon 35 years of experience as a mentor, pastor’s wife, and homeschool mom, Rhonda Stoppe offers encouragement and guidance to women as an author and public speaker. She is popularly known as the “No Regrets Woman,” as she is especially passionate about helping women live life without regrets. Rhonda’s books include Moms Raising Sons to Be MenReal Life Romance, and The Marriage Mentor, which she co-authored with her husband, Steve.

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Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

Mothers of boys have the special calling to shape future men of God. Popular speaker Rhonda Stoppe, mom to two sons, knows this opportunity is a challenge, a joy, and probably the most important work of a woman’s life. Drawing from years of experience, this inspirational resource will revive the faithfulness and fortitude a woman needs to partner with God as they shape the character and heart of a future godly man.

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage Part 1

They were both convinced they had married the wrong person. From almost the very beginning of their marriage, Amber and Guy Lia experienced various tensions and personality clashes related to house cleaning, backseat driving, workaholism, and intimacy. In this two-day Focus on the Family broadcast, Amber and Guy discuss how they bravely faced the triggers head-on, and committed to working on their own relationships with Jesus. As you listen to the Lia’s story, you’ll feel hope that you, too, can see real marriage transformation!

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Mr. and Mrs. Guy and Amber Lia and Mrs. Jean Daly

Amber Lia is a work-at-home mom, blogger, public speaker, and co-author of two best-selling books. Her husband, Guy, is a former TV, feature film, and VFX development and production executive who has worked on popular TV shows and films. Guy and Amber own Storehouse Media Group, a faith- and family-friendly TV and film production company based in Los Angeles,

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Marriage Triggers: How You and Your Spouse Can Exchange Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses

A husband-wife team offers practical advice for married couples to end the cycle of reactionary arguments by examining the most common issues that trigger disagreements and apply God’s Word to radically transform relationships.

What to Do When You're Not Okay - Part 1

Life can be pretty stressful. Between work, relationships, and other obligations, the pressure builds, and we lose sight of who we are. Counselor Debra Fileta helps you better understand your emotions, assess your mental, physical, and spiritual health, and intentionally pursue a path to wellbeing. In dealing with anxiety, depression, and panic attacks, Debra understands the importance of self-examination as well as the benefits of seeking professional help. She offers biblically-based advice, tools, and encouragement to help you get on a path toward healing and wholeness.

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Mrs. Debra Fileta

Debra Fileta is a licensed professional counselor specializing in relationship and marital issues. She is also a public speaker and the author of multiple books, including Married SexChoosing Marriage: Why It Has to Start With We > Me, Love in Every Season, and Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are, How You’re Doing, and Why It Matters. Debra’s popular relationship advice blog, TrueLoveDates.com, and her Love + Relationships podcast reach millions of people each year offering guidance on topics including love, sex, and marriage. Debra resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, John, and their four children.

Are You Really Okay?

Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

In Are You Really OK? author and licensed counselor Debra Fileta challenges you to get real with who you are and how you’re doing spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically so you can recognize where you need growth and healing.

Navigating a Toxic Culture with Your Daughter - Part 1

As a pediatrician, Dr. Meg Meeker has seen thousands of girls come through her office through the years. They struggle with eating issues, sexual identity, social media…and many other challenges in this toxic culture. Dr. Meeker will encourage parents to invest love and time in their daughters and develop their character to give them the best opportunity for a bright future, all rooted in a spiritual foundation. The discussion also includes healthy feminism vs. toxic feminism

Mrs. Meg Meeker

Dr. Meg Meeker is a pediatrician who is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading authorities on parenting, teens and children’s health. With appearances on numerous nationally syndicated radio and TV programs, her popularity as a an expert on key issues confronting families has created a strong following across America. Her work with countless families over the years served as the inspiration behind her best-selling books which include Strong Fathers, Strong DaughtersStrong Mothers, Strong Sons and The Ten Habits of Happy Mothers

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Raising a Strong Daughter in a Toxic Culture: 11 Steps to Keep Her Happy, Healthy, and Safe

Meg Meeker has been a pediatrician for more than thirty years, is a mother and a grandmother, and has seen it all. She knows what makes for strong, happy, healthy young women–and what puts our daughters at risk. Combining that experience with her famous common sense, she explains the eleven steps that will help your daughter–whether she’s a toddler or a troubled teen–to achieve her full human potential.

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Newest Release - Episode 1: The Truth About Life!

In this episode, we will tackle tough questions like, “When does life begin?” and “What does the Bible
say about Life?” You’ll discover and understand the stages of pre-born life and that babies are more than
just a clump of cells!

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