Roles

Son and father

Series

To Spank or Not to Spank?

It’s one of the most common parenting questions, especially for young parents. The topic charges emotions and often sparks controversy. The problem is, there’s not an easy answer. Parents need to evaluate their own personality and parenting styles and decide for themselves.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

Thriving in Your Role as Dad

Author and filmmaker Rob Stennett offers encouragement and advice to fathers who feel insecure in their parenting role in a lighthearted discussion based on his book The Perfect Dad: A Totally Achievable Guide to Not Messing Up Your Kids.

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A toddler is buckled into his car seat and Goldfish cracker crumbs are scattered around

Article

Hope for When You Feel Discouraged as a Mom

Kathi Lipp

Just because the car seats are coated with Goldfish dust doesn't mean you're a failure as a mother.

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Illustration of a dad remaining calm while surrounded by chaos

Article

Leading Your Family When Chaos Is the Norm

Daniel Darling

Sometimes it's hard to keep calm and be the dad.

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A dad and son walk together in the park.

Article

A Father's Presence: One of the Most Powerful Expressions of Love

Joe Battaglia

Joe Battaglia explains what it means to have a father present in the lives of teens.

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Andy and Sandra Stanley

Article

Sandra Stanley: Why I Said No

Sandra Stanley and Marie Isom

Turning down exciting opportunities was hard, but it was all worth it

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Illustration of a frustrated mom leans against sleeping child’s bedroom door and steps on a toy truck

Article

Tripping Over Triggers That Cause Frustration in Motherhood

Amber Lia

Break the destructive habit of reactionary parenting with humility and commitment. With God's help, it's possible.

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Busy mother on phone with daughter tugging on her sleeve for attention

Article

Mommy-Anger Management

Amber Lia

Consider using three biblical, anger management techniques to connect with your kids and nurture young hearts.

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Bob Goff, his wife, Maria, and their children and spouses stand in front of brightly colored balloons.

Article

Bob Goff's Audacious Parenting Adventure

Marci Seither

Bob Goff, the best-selling author of Love Does, has not lived a typical life and chose to not be a typical parent. Instead, he chose to be intentionally engaged with his children and their individual adventures.

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Busy mother holding infant smiling down at her young daughter who is ready to leave for school

Article

Eliminate Busyness from Family Life

Debi Stack

Here's one family's solution for a crazy calendar.

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Businessman using laptop while holding infant so on his shoulder in his home office

Article

Balancing Work and Family Life

Richard Swenson

Know how to switch gears between your job and home life.

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Woman with shopping cart of fresh produce in groery, holding a calculator over the cart handle

Article

Miserly Moms

Jonni McCoy

Jonni McCoy tells of her family's adventure in frugal living. 

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

Helping Men Prepare for Fatherhood

NFL tight end Benjamin Watson, a father of five young children, offers advice and encouragement to new dads in a discussion based on his book The New Dad's Playbook: Gearing Up for the Biggest Game of Your Life.

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Close-up of a boy missing his front teeth holding a skateboard on his shoulders

Article

Different From Dad

Tommy Nelson

Value your kids' differences.

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Mother and children doing laundry

Article

Moms Juggling Life at Home and at Work

Sabrina O'Malone

Working mothers thrive when they rely on their families for help.

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Mother talking on phone to a friend and holding her child on her lap

Article

Mothers Need Each Other

Sarah Mae

Friends can be a valuable part of your parenting.

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Illustration of a father leading a Boy Scout troop on a hike

Article

The Fatherhood Mandate

Carey Casey

What should be a father's top priority?

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Two women praying together

Article

Friends in the Frenzy

Lysa TerKeurst

Find ways to embrace friendship amid demanding family life.

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Illustration of a mother with her arm around her son talking about the A he earned on an assignment

Article

A Mother's Influence

Sara Horn

Be intentional and sensitive in your influence as a mother.

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Illustration of a man split down the middle: on one side he looks upset and is wearing a suit and holding a stack of money; on the other he is smiling and holding his baby

Article

In Search of Greatness as a Father

Roland Warren

There are two definitions of greatness. Which will you choose?

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An illustration with three panes showing the same man smiling, scowling and yelling

Article

Understanding Your Parenting Style

John Fuller

Recognize the good, the bad and the ugly in the way you parent — so you can improve.

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Mother talking on smart phone while holding her baby in home office

Article

Busy, Busy, Busy

Valorie Burton

Choose to reclaim your schedule.

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Illustration of three mothers praying together while their kids walk toward the school bus

Article

A Community of Prayer

Fern Nichols

Moms praying together are moms in touch.

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