Challenges

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

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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

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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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Bullies

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

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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

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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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The Democratic Process and Your Tweens

Bill Maier and Focus on the Family

Help your tweens understand the democratic process.

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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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The Process and Privilege of Voting

Tom Minnery

Help your children understand the importance of registering to vote.

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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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Citizenship, Democracy and Your Teen

Bill Maier and Focus on the Family

Talk with your teens about voting.

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Finding Great Books for Kids

Your kids read books at school, at home and sometimes for entertainment. Do you know what they are reading or how to find good books to read to them?

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Special Needs Children: How the Church Can Help (Part 2 of 2)

Pastor Lon and Mrs. Brenda Solomon describe how God has sustained them through the emotional and spiritual challenges they've faced in raising their disabled daughter, and encourage listeners to embrace and support families with special needs children. (Part 2 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Special Needs Children: How the Church Can Help (Part 1 of 2)

Pastor Lon and Mrs. Brenda Solomon describe how God has sustained them through the emotional and spiritual challenges they've faced in raising their disabled daughter, and encourage listeners to embrace and support families with special needs children. (Part 1 of 2)

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Two-and-a-Half Hours With Audrey

Pam Woody

Celebrating life in the shadow of death

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Facing the Truth

Tricia Goyer

How do you tell your kids about a painful decision from your past?

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A father sitting with his son, silhouetted by the setting sun.

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3 Ways Parents Can Help Their Children Find Their Calling

Jeff Goins

My job as my son's dad is to guide him into the plan God has for him, based on his uniqueness as a child of God.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Navigating Life's Toughest Questions With Your Kids

Authors and speakers Elyse Fitzpatrick and her daughter Jessica Thompson offer parents age-appropriate and biblically-based responses to some of their children's most challenging life questions.

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Teaching Kids Life Skills

Christine Field

Are your kids ready for the real world? What are the basics that you'd like your children to know before they left home?

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Confronting Your Fears as a Mom (Part 2 of 2)

MOPS International President Sherry Surratt and Jean Daly discuss common fears that mothers face, offering encouragement to struggling moms and practical suggestions for how they can overcome their fears with God's help. (Part 2 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Confronting Your Fears as a Mom (Part 1 of 2)

MOPS International President Sherry Surratt and Jean Daly discuss common fears that mothers face, offering encouragement to struggling moms and practical suggestions for how they can overcome their fears with God's help. (Part 1 of 2)

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22 Books Kids Read at School

Sheila Seifert

If you don't have time to read all the books that your kids may have to read during class, consider reading book reviews for parents about these books. After all, once kids learn to read well, a book’s reading level is less important than whether the content inside is developmentally appropriate.

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Female child holding the word "Liar!" on her back, and it looks heavy.

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Teaching Kids the Weight of Words

Karen Ehman

Can the power of words be controlled? Can we teach our kids to train their tongues (and their typing!) so that their words are a force for good? Here are a few ways to help them discipline their speech.

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Focus on the Family Commentary

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Child’s Weakness, Parent’s Strength

When a child in your home makes a poor choice, do you assume it’s because of some weakness in your parenting?

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