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Help Your Kids Get Better Sleep

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Help Your Kids Get Better Sleep

Dr. Meg Meeker

Good sleep is essential to maintaining physical, emotional, spiritual and social health. Unfortunately, many people are seriously sleep deprived. Dr. Meg Meeker discusses the benefits of getting good sleep and some of the potential problems parents and kids may experience if they don't get enough rest at night.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

Embracing Hope in the Midst of Postpartum Depression

Jerusha Clark describes her past struggles with severe postpartum depression and how she found recovery in a discussion based on her book Living Beyond Postpartum Depression: Help and Hope for the Hurting Mom and Those Around Her. Jerusha's husband, Jeramy, offers guidance for how husbands can come alongside their wives during this difficult season.

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Do You Feel Depressed After the Holidays?

Joannie DeBrito, Ph.D., LCSW, LMFT and Danielle Pitzer

Do you get the after-holiday “blahs”? Here are some ideas to help you get back to feeling like your normal self.

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What to Do When Your Child With Disabilities is Bullied

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What to Do When Your Child With Disabilities is Bullied

Tyler Sexton

Dr. Tyler Sexton, a physician who has cerebral palsy, discusses the link between disabilities and bullying, and explains how parents can strengthen a disabled child before bullying occurs, recognize if their disabled child is being bullied, and respond to the child and others in a healthy and Christ-like way.

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Smiling female physician checks the heartbeat of a pre-school boy as his father looks on

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How to Get the Best Care From Your Child’s Doctor

Dr. Meg Meeker

Should you trust your pediatrician? Learn about five ways to enjoy a positive relationship with your child's pediatrician so your child gets the best possible care.

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Focus on the Family Minute

Episode

The Confidence to Speak Up

Do what you need to do to protect your kids. Talk openly with your children about protecting their bodies. Listen to the full program here.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

Protecting Your Child From Sexual Abuse

Justin and Lindsey Holcomb offer practical advice for how parents can safeguard their kids from sexual abuse in a discussion based on their book God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies.

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Focus on the Family Minute

Episode

He Wants a Relationship

As a parent, you can feel worn out and detached from God. Amber Lia suggests a simple way to find your quiet time. Listen to the full program here.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

Understanding How to Manage Anger in Motherhood (Part 2 of 2)

Based on their book Triggers, Amber Lia and Wendy Speake discuss common external and internal triggers that can make mothers angry, like when their children whine, disobey and complain, and when they have to deal with exhaustion, noise and household mess. Our guests offer encouragement to moms and explain how they can manage their anger in a healthier way. (Part 2 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Minute

Episode

They Ran Me Ragged

While parenting is a wonderful experience, it does come with moments of frustration. Hear ways to combat that anger. Listen to the full program here.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

Understanding How to Manage Anger in Motherhood (Part 1 of 2)

Based on their book Triggers, Amber Lia and Wendy Speake discuss common external and internal triggers that can make mothers angry, like when their children whine, disobey and complain, and when they have to deal with exhaustion, noise and household mess. Our guests offer encouragement to moms and explain how they can manage their anger in a healthier way. (Part 1 of 2)

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A mom tries to comfort a young girl who is crying.

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How to Respond When Your Kids Are Bullied

Jonathan McKee

Parents can help their kids break out of the bullying cycle.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Finding Hope and Healing After Losing a Child

Counselor and author Pam Vredevelt discusses the grief she and her husband experienced after losing two children, and she offers encouragement and advice for managing hurt, letting go of the past, and trusting God through tragedy. She also offers insight for talking appropriately to grieving people.

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The Basics of Attachment and Why It's Important

Series

Understanding Attachment and Responding to Attachment Challenges

Attachment is an essential part of parent-child relationships. This series focuses on the importance of attachment to healthy growth and development, reasons attachment may be disrupted and how to encourage healthy attachment in biological and adopted children.

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Complicated Attachment Dynamics

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Complicated Attachment Dynamics

Timothy L. Sanford, MA, LPC and Christina Chismar, MSW, LCSW

There are several reasons that attachment between children and their caregivers may be disrupted. Here, the natural and environmental risks to forming secure attachment, and the consequences, are discussed.

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Attachment and Adoption

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Attachment and Adoption

Timothy L. Sanford, MA, LPC and Christina Chismar, MSW, LCSW

Adoption may create a situation in which parent-child attachment is a challenge. In this article, parents can learn some principles and strategies for encouraging attachment in an adopted child.

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The Basics of Attachment and Why It's Important

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The Basics of Attachment and Why It's Important

Timothy L. Sanford, MA, LPC and Christina Chismar, MSW, LCSW

This article explains the difference between bonding and attachment, how attachment relates to forming healthy relationships, and what parents can do to foster secure attachment for healthy growth and development.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

Supporting Your Kids When Life is Tough (Part 2 of 2)

Psychologist and best-selling author Dr. Kevin Leman offers parents practical advice for helping their kids process, learn from and rise above life's difficult challenges. (Part 2 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Supporting Your Kids When Life is Tough (Part 1 of 2)

Psychologist and best-selling author Dr. Kevin Leman offers parents practical advice for helping their kids process, learn from and rise above life's difficult challenges. (Part 1 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

Avoiding Shame-Based Parenting

Psychologist Dr. Kelly Flanagan discusses the origins of shame, the search for self-worth in all the wrong places, and the importance of extending grace to ourselves. He also explains how parents can help their kids find their own sense of self-worth, belonging and purpose.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

Surviving the Strong-Willed Child (Part 2 of 2)

Author and speaker Cynthia Tobias offers practical advice and encouragement to frustrated parents of strong-willed children. (Part 2 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Minute

Episode

Angry at Your Strong-Willed Child

Cynthia Tobias encourages you to ask God to give you His love for your defiant child. Listen to the full program here.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

Surviving the Strong-Willed Child (Part 1 of 2)

Author and speaker Cynthia Tobias offers practical advice and encouragement to frustrated parents of strong-willed children. (Part 1 of 2)

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