Roles

A young lad is looking up and has filled his cheeks with a breath of air.

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Are You a Marshmallow Mom?

Joanne Kraft

Marshmallows moms are sweet. Who doesn’t love sugar? But being overly soft and sweet in our parenting can be detrimental to our kids.

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Illustration of three boys with arms around each other as if being there for each other

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Teaching Boys to Show Empathy

Jim Daly

Biblical manhood means responding to the emotions of others thoughtfully and empathetically.

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Natalie and her family: Bernie, Sadie and twins Gracie (wearing eyeglasses) and Bella

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Natalie Grant: Music and Motherhood

Andrea Osmun

Christian music artist Natalie Grant opens up about music, mothering and how God changed her plans for a family.

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Illustration of a father and mother in a child's nursery. The mother is lifting the baby from his crib and she looks uncertain.

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Parenting: Take This Job and Love It

Arlene Pellicane

Five simple tips will help you thrive as a parent. 

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Illustration of a young boy pulling a frog from a swampy area

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The Best Way a Son Learns to Be a Man

Glenn Stanton

Most boys enter healthy manhood with the help of a "point man" — someone who leads the way and offers support through the trials of life.

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Parents and kids on the same parenting team

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Parents Working Together

When Dad and Mom work together as a team, kids benefit from their parenting.

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Dad is driving, Mom is in the passenger seat, and two children are in the back seat as they all go on a trip together

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An Intentional Parenting Strategy for Andy and Sandra Stanley

Sandra Stanley

Andy and Sandra Stanley navigated their years as parents of children in the home through the use of four general stages of parenting.

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Illustration of a father confronting his son who is standing on a dining chair and coloring with a crayon on the wall

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Are You Kind to Your Kids?

Danny Huerta, MSW, LCSW, LSSW

There is no need to be rude in your parenting. Instead, approach family life with a sensible and respectful tone.

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Mom and two teen daughters are sitting on the couch leaning against each other.

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'Am I a Bad Parent?'

Gary Thomas

I could do better, and I make mistakes. But does that make me a bad parent?

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Does Performance Drive Your Parenting?

Ted Cunningham

Stop being a trophy parent. 

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Being Your Daughter's Hero

Dr. Michelle Watson offers fathers advice and encouragement in a discussion based on her book, Dad, Here's What I Really Need From You: A Guide for Connecting With Your Daughter's Heart.

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COURTESY OF THE LUCADO FAMILY

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Approachable Parenting

Andrea Lucado

Max Lucado demonstrates a grace-filled approach to parenting his daughters.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Your New Roles With an Empty Nest

Author Michele Howe discusses the transition parents have to make to establish a new identity and parenting role when their children leave home.

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Illustration of two parents at an outdoor children's birthday party; the scene is a mess with food spilled everywhere and children running wild in the background

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Be the Parent

When you know your role, your job as a parent can become a lot less stressful — and you might even enjoy it.

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father shaving with son

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What Sons Need

Parenting sons can be difficult if you don't understand what they need from you.

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Illustration of two parents at an outdoor children's birthday party; the scene is a mess with food spilled everywhere and children running wild in the background

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A Real Job Description for Parents

Timothy L. Sanford, MA, LPC

Your kids will grow to be more healthy and resilient as you start parenting with a clear understanding of what your real job is.

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Illustration of a little girl unhappily surrendering a digital tablet to her mother

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Why Kids Need Mean Moms

Joanne Kraft

One of our top 25 most-viewed parenting articles: "Why Kids Need Mean Moms." Give kids the tough love they need so they’ll develop into independent adults.

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Five kids with backpacks are joyfully running, victoriously running, down a hallway together.

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Parenting Switchfoot’s Jon and Tim

How do you instill the desire in your kids to live the best version of themselves? The parents of Switchfoot's Jon and Tim explain how they helped their kids live their own "great story."

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Hooray for Dad! (Part 2 of 2)

Ken Davis shares humorous illustrations and heartfelt stories to remind dads why it's important to spend time with their kids, speak with kind words and live a life committed to Jesus Christ. (Part 2 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

Hooray for Dad! (Part 1 of 2)

Ken Davis shares humorous illustrations and heartfelt stories to remind dads why it's important to spend time with their kids, speak with kind words and live a life committed to Jesus Christ. (Part 1 of 2)

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Illustration of Dad and son on a tightrope

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Dads Are Different

Glenn Stanton

Embracing the differences between fathering and mothering

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Father making zany face as he kisses baby's feet

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What Dads Do

Early Years Authors

Get ideas from many different people about how dads influence the development of their children.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Practical Advice for Grandparents (Part 2 of 2)

Jerry and Judy Schreur discuss ideas from their book Creative Grandparenting to encourage grandparents to take an active role in the lives of their grandchildren and leave a generational legacy. (Part 2 of 2)

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Stressed mother tied up in easy chair with a string while two small boys engage in sword play over her head.

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Stress Busters for Moms

Arlene Pellicane

Here are five things you can do today as a mom to rein in the chaos you may be feeling in the midst of family life.

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