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Mother reading to her two children

Series

Time for Bed

Get fresh ideas for how to get your children to go to bed and stay there until they fall asleep.

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Mother reading to her two children

Article

Getting Them to Sleep

various authors

Consider these ideas for getting kids to go to bed and stay in bed.

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Mother praying with her young daughter at bedtime

Article

Bedtime Rituals

Archibald D. Hart

Is bedtime a problem at your home? Here are a few suggestions for creating a better bedtime routine.

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Illustration of a girl making her bed

Series

Life Skills

Your goal is to help your child become an independent adult. To do that, you child needs to learn a few important life skills.

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Teen girl having breakfast

Article

The Value of Breakfast

Vicki L. Dihle

Help your kids enjoy a better breakfast as a means for preparing them for a successful day.

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Young boy eating breakfast, gripping his knife and fork in this fists

Article

End Mealtime Chaos

various authors

With a little insight, you, too, can have a positive mealtime experience with your kids. Find new ideas for how you can teach table manners to kids,

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

Helping Your Child Deal With Bullies

Best-selling author Nancy Rue, who has written extensively about the subject of bullying, offers hope and practical suggestions to parents who are seeking to prevent their child from being bullied.

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Sad-looking tween girl learning against a wall in the school hall while two other school girls laugh and snicker in her direction

Article

Mean Girls

Nancy Rue

Empower your tween to respond gracefully when confronted by "mean girls" and seek adult help if she finds herself being bullied.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

When Your Child Struggles With Their Sexual Identity (Part 2 of 2)

Ann Mobley offers guidance and encouragement to parents who are struggling with their child's homosexuality. (Part 2 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

When Your Child Struggles With Their Sexual Identity (Part 1 of 2)

Ann Mobley offers guidance and encouragement to parents who are struggling with their child's homosexuality. (Part 1 of 2)

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Teen volunteers cleaning streets

Article

Ready or Not?

Lynne Thompson

Practical advice to help your teen prepare for independent living

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A young boy holds up his arms to show his muscles as he holds a glass of milk.

Article

Why Kids Need Healthy Fats

Marianne K. Hering

Even when you need to cut fat from your diet, you may want to increase healthy fats in your child’s diet. Learn why.

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Illustration of a child and an adult on either side of a teeter totter with healthy foods in their arms

Series

Healthy Bodies

Do you know what your kids need to be healthy? It starts with water and continues with healthy fats, which is a part of good nutrition for your children. 

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A girl drinks a glass of water on a summer day.

Article

Why Your Child Needs Water

Dr. Patricia Landry and Marianne K. Hering

Dehydration can be a serious problem for children, especially when they don’t recognize that they need more liquids. 

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Illustration of a mom adamantly pointing over the head of her son in a commanding style. Boy's arms are crossed in resistance.

Article

Strong-Willed Women Mothering Strong-Willed Children

Cynthia Tobias

One of our top 25 most-viewed parenting articles: "Strong-Willed Women Mothering Strong-Willed Children." It can be tough to parent a younger version of yourself. But you also have a definite advantage — you know what it’s like to be a strong-willed child. 

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

Parenting Your Teens When Times are Tough

Dr. Greg Smalley offers encouragement to parents who are struggling with the challenges of raising teens.

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Girl in classroom wearing backpack watches classmates

Series

Bullies

Bullying is all too common and has lasting consequences, but what can parents do about?

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Parents doing the dishes with two girls peeking over the cupboard at their parents

Article

Your Kids Are Watching Your Marriage

Sarah Hilgendorf

How is your marriages equipping your kids with the skills they need for interacting with their future spouses? 

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

When Mom Friendships Are Hard

Authors Jill Savage and Anne McClane offer advice on overcoming common challenges that moms often face in their relationships with other moms.

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Adolescent boy dressed in coattail and top hat, wearing an I voted sticker with an American flag filling the background

Article

The Democratic Process and Your Tweens

Bill Maier and Focus on the Family

Help your tweens understand the democratic process.

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Young boy looking at camera and smiling. He is costumed in a colonial-style red, white and blue suit with a tricorn hat and ruffled shirtfront

Article

How Does the Majority Rule? (for 4- to 7-year-olds)

Bill Maier and Focus on the Family

Help your children understand the concept of "majority rule"

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Three children costumed in patriotic clothing with aa log cabin wall behind them. Girl is dressed in a Betsy Ross style, middle boy is dressed in a colonial suit, third boy is dressed in Abe Lincoln style with top hat and coat tails

Article

The Process and Privilege of Voting

Tom Minnery

Help your children understand the importance of registering to vote.

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Three crocheted, stuffed animals grouped together in a sitting position: a red giraffe, a blue and white striped zebra, and an off-white hippopotamus

Article

An Activity to Understand Elections (2- to 3-years-olds)

Bill Maier and Focus on the Family

Teach your toddler about the election process.

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