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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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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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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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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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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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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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Famous Strong-Willed Kids

Cynthia Tobias offers hope for parents of strong-willed children by naming some famous strong-willed adults. Listen to the full program here.

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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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Loving the Prodigal Home

Pastor Andrew Palau tells his prodigal story of a squandered youth spent on alcohol abuse, vandalism, and a disdain for Christianity - and what his parents did that led to his salvation in his mid-twenties.

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How to Help Your Kids Process Tragic News

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How to Help Your Kids Process Tragic News

Danny Huerta, MSW, LCSW, LSSW

As a counselor, I'm often asked how to talk with kids about tragedies such as the latest school shooting. Here are some strategies I offer in my practice for intentional and effective conversations about tragedy.

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Find Hope in Raising a Child with Disabilities

Tyler Sexton

Dr. Tyler Sexton speaks from experience. As a child born with cerebral palsy, he overcame incredible odds to become a medical doctor. Now he treats kids with special needs. Here’s his encouragement for parents.

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Joyfully Embracing God's Children (Part 2 of 2)

Author Heather Avis and her husband, Josh, discuss the heartache that infertility had on the early years of their marriage and the joy they now share as parents of three adopted children, two of whom have Down syndrome. The couple shines a positive light on Down syndrome, reminding parents that God is always faithful in the midst of whatever challenges they face. (Part 2 of 2)

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Joyfully Embracing God's Children (Part 1 of 2)

Author Heather Avis and her husband, Josh, discuss the heartache that infertility had on the early years of their marriage and the joy they now share as parents of three adopted children, two of whom have Down syndrome. The couple shines a positive light on Down syndrome, reminding parents that God is always faithful in the midst of whatever challenges they face. (Part 1 of 2)

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Dad, Mom and two children (a boy and a girl) are unpacking boxes in a new home.

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Moving

Find out how you can help your children adjust to a new move.

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How Much Privacy Should You Give Your Kids?

Danny Huerta, MSW, LCSW, LSSW

Do you allow your children to enjoy the same rights to privacy that you have as a parent and as an adult?

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Privacy

Are you torn between wanting to give your kids their privacy and protecting them?

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What Should Kids Choose: Discovering God's Will in Big Decisions

John Ortberg

Our children will face big decisions, wondering if God has a direction. Help kids navigate life's crossroads by teaching that there are reasons God remains silent.

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Finding Strength in God's Blessings (Part 2 of 2)

Jase and Missy Robertson, stars of the reality TV series Duck Dynasty, discuss their faith and family, with a focus on the medical journey of their daughter, Mia, who was born with a cleft palate, a serious condition requiring multiple cranial and facial surgeries. (Part 2 of 2)

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Finding Strength in God's Blessings (Part 1 of 2)

Jase and Missy Robertson, stars of the reality TV series Duck Dynasty, discuss their faith and family, with a focus on the medical journey of their daughter, Mia, who was born with a cleft palate, a serious condition requiring multiple cranial and facial surgeries. (Part 1 of 2)

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A teen girl has her head in her hands and a teen boy with his back to the camera holds one of her elbows as if they are both sorting through something difficult.

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Finding Purpose After a Loved One's Suicide

Shawna Marie Bryant

After the death of her oldest, Paulette helped her other children take steps toward finding their own path and moving forward in their grief.

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Decision-Making

Training children to make their own good decisions takes time and intentionality. 

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Mothering When Life Gets Hard

Kara Tippetts

Kara Tippett on shepherding the hearts of our children amid the stress of life.

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Understanding Teen Depression and Suicide (Part 2 of 2)

Best-selling author Dr. Gregory Jantz offers practical advice for helping parents whose teens may be dealing with depression. (Part 2 of 2)

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