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Even though pornography is everywhere, you can help your teen learn how to quit watching porn with these strategies.

Pornography is pervasive, but avoidable with the right skills. Even though pornography is everywhere, you can help your teen learn how to quit watching porn with these strategies.

There are seven things you can do to help your teen begin to limit their access pornography. Then, you can help them learn how to quit watching porn as a habit. 

Strategies for Learning How to Quit Watching Porn

If your teen does not know how to quit watching porn, you might need to access some professional help for you and your teen.  Alongside professional help, you can implement the following seven strategies to help your teen successfully avoid using pornography:

1. Teach Your Teen How to Manage Stress

People turn to destructive outlets to handle their stress. And teens are no different. 

Without guidance, teens don’t have the skills to manage the onslaught of stresses they encounter. For teens, stress can quickly cause distraction, desperation, and exhaustion.

Consider answering these questions to help grow your understanding of stress.  

  • As a parent, ask yourself how you’re modeling stress management.
  • Do you have good self-care relative to balancing relationships, renewal and work?
  • Do you leave enough margin in your life for some down time?
  • Do you spend time with your Heavenly Father? (Is. 26:3-4 and Ps. 56:3).

For your teen, try these exercises—even if he rolls his eyes.

  • List and prioritize the things that renew him (i.e. biking, reading, music).
  • List relationships important to him.
  • Help him learn when to say “no” and when to say “yes” to demands on his time.

One thing is certain. Life will be stressful, and a teen who learns how to manage stress in healthy ways actually grows from the experience. What a gift you can offer your child.

2. Place Limits on Technology

Technology itself isn’t bad, but unrestricted use has real consequences. As you’re making decisions, keep this in mind: any time you allow a new technology in your home, you add to your list of parenting responsibilities.

Technology is here to stay.  Who knows how it grows and expands from here, but it will.  Filters, limits and boundaries are crucial for it to go well with technology in your home.  As you place limits on technology as these three questions:

  1. What limits?  Be clear.
  2. Why those limits?  Be open to discussion.
  3. How will we consistently enforce the limits?  Be steadfast.

Homes need to have limits for computer time, videos games, television, movies, music and phones.  There is a lot to keep up with, so choose wisely and carefully when you allow a new technology or device to be a part of your child’s life.  Normal and common does NOT mean good.  It just means others have chosen that particular choice.  Enforcing limits can be tiring, divisive, but essential.  Just because there is conflict toward the limits, does not mean you need to budge.  It means there will need to be grace, communication and consistency. 

Research consistently reinforces the fact that technology can be addictive and can have an ongoing influencial messaging into people’s perceptions.  Remember that our brains love to go for the “low hanging fruit” and technology certainly represents a very tempting “low hanging fruit” that helps our brains go into auto pilot.

Let’s face it, many of us are having a difficult time putting limits on ourselves.  I see grandparents, parents, uncles, aunts, teachers, you name it having a difficult time placing limits on themselves.  Model healthy limits toward technology and media. 

Some things to consider:

  • Technology opens the door to a wide, wide world and some kids can manage that freedom. Others can’t.
  • There’s no rush. They grow up fast enough.
  • Make decisions based on what’s best for your family, not what the neighbors are doing.

Setting up a good offense will help your kids move forward with their life goals. And internet filtering software can be a good tool. Although not the ultimate answer, filters play a role in helping keep tabs on the family’s online activities. Some to consider:

  • Net Nanny
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  • Bsecure Online
  • rTribe
  • True Vine Online
  • pkFamily.com

Teach them trustworthiness and accountability are good things. And make it challenging to access devices when alone. Teach them how to use the devices wisely, including putting them away with a lock and key in a filing cabinet, for instance, to make it more difficult to access when there is temptation.   

3. Create an Open Device Policy

As parents, our job isn’t to make our kids happy, it’s to raise them—to guide, direct, love, respect, provide and to teach them good decision-making skills (Deuteronomy 6, 11 and Psalm 78).  That’s best done in an environment of openness and accountability.

With their best future in mind, consider a household rule that all electronic devices be open and available to parents at all times. Many parents also find it helpful to draw up an “Internet Use Contract” outlining:

  • Sites your children are allowed to visit
    • Include websites, chatrooms, IM, etc.
  • Times of day they can access the Web
  • Length of time they’re allowed to be online
  • Appropriate consequences for breaking the rules (i.e., losing phone privilege)
  • Privileges for following the rules (i.e., extended time with friends or other increased freedoms)

When the document is complete, sign it and post it in a common area.  Many kids want to explore beyond the “fences,” but the agreed-upon contract will help eliminate confusion.

4. Teach the Difference Between Wants and Needs

Work with your teen to identify and discern the difference between needs and wants. Needs are actually the basics of survival: air, food, water, shelter, clothing and relationships with God and people. Everything else belongs on the wants list, including sexual gratification.

Notice how the things you want shift throughout the day depending upon your feelings. For instance, if I feel hungry, I want food and it monopolizes my thoughts until I eat. When I’m not hungry, I don’t even think about food and I can focus on other important things.

Pornography causes a sexual hunger that creates feelings of anxiety until quenched. It monopolizes a person’s thoughts so they can’t think of things that once were important to them—things like relationships, hobbies and extracurricular activities. The trouble is, pornography will never satisfy.

Part of teaching your son or daughter to manage desires, or wants, is to help cast a vision of the payoff. For example, when you’re training for a sport, it’s hard work. It’s often tempting to throw in the towel. But there’s a payoff in persevering, and that’s the desire to do well in the sport. It’s about learning to want the payoff more than the immediate comfort.

Likewise, the vision of a future healthy romantic and sexual relationship can help give purpose to saying no to immediate sexual gratification.

My teenage son and I recently had a conversation on this very topic.

One day, he requested we go on a walk, during which he admitted thinking a lot about girls sexually when he wished he could think about other things.

It led to a rich discussion about his future and how effectively managing his feelings, desires and temptations will have a great payoff in the end. We talked about the purpose of sexual attraction—why it’s beautiful, important and excellent.  We discussed recognizing and avoiding tempting situations and what to do if he found himself in one.   And I acknowledged how these new strong feelings made his “wants” seem more like “needs.”  He wants freedom and so do I, for him.  Managing wants is about true connection and freedom and not about perfection.   

A basketball coach once told me to ask myself each day, “what’s at least one thing I can do today to make today a better day for my spouse?”  It involves shifting my wants toward connection.  Pornography destroys connectedness. It creates a selfishness that leaves us blind to others and obsessed with pleasure.

5. Talk About Sex, Oxytocin and Mindset

What is sexual health and why would a teen want it? Researcher J. Dennis Fortenberry identifies four areas of sexuality you can use to guide conversations with your kids. I’ve added the effects of pornography on each of those areas:

  • Sexual desire (Pornography consumes it)
  • Sexual arousal (Pornography distorts it)
  • Sexual behaviors (Pornography controls it)
  • Sexual functioning (Pornography creates dysfunction)

God designed sex to be the glue in a committed and steadfast loving relationship. He designed a progression that goes from friendship to exclusivity, to commitment and finally covenant. To seal the deal, He created a bonding chemical, oxytocin, that’s released during sexual experiences.  Sex truly renews the steadfastness in a relationship biochemically. 

Pornography distorts the power of the oxytocin “glue”, because the brain literally thinks that it is there and provides the experience necessary to feel what should be felt in the moment.  It releases chemicals in response to what is being seen to create an experience.  If that experience happens over and over again with random people, there is less and less attachment over time.  

Think of it this way…imagine sticking a post-it note on one surface after another after another. Finally, it won’t stick anymore.  That is what is happening to a man or woman as they continually access pornography and have sexual experiences in their mind.  The chemicals act as if they are bonding, attaching and sexually experiencing the moment.     

Because pornography allows an oxytocin release in the brain, porn users get “stuck” to the illusion. They attach to an illusion, not an actual person. So while pornography feels exciting in the moment, eventually it robs its users of the ability to bond with a live person.  Help your teen understand the emptiness and thirst this creates.   

Remember and Teach…

  • Pornography leads sexual desire towards an illusion rather than a person. The user develops a consumer mindset, consuming images and people rather than developing relationships.
  • Pornography forms a consumer mindset rather than a loving mindset.  With a consumer mindset, sexual behaviors become self-focused rather than sacrificial. It’s the difference between “What can I get out of it?” vs. “How can I give a gift to another person?”
  • Pornography mentally and physically enslaves.  Sexual arousal easily becomes dependent on explicit or pornographic images, conversations or fantasies. In absence of such material, young men addicted to pornography become dependent on medication to reach arousal and society is grappling with how to restore women’s arousal. Sexual functioning becomes frustrating and broken.

Most teens have no idea how much pornography messes with natural sexual functioning and satisfaction in relationships. And few make the connection between porn and a decrease in faithfulness. But there’s endless research on the topic. (See a few studies cited at the end of this article.) Even before the research, the writer of Proverbs warned that the seduction of sexual immorality leaves no survivors in Proverbs 2.

Many men I’ve counseled share the pervasive attitude that “viewing porn is just part of being a man.” But that’s a lie. Similarly, women believe the adventure and excitement of pornography are safe ways to fulfill secret fantasies they carry, which is also a lie. 

Healthy sexual functioning requires healthy thinking and truth.  Help your teen think about pornography and sex using the template offered through Philippians 4:8.  This is a great way to establish a foundation to sexual health.  It begins in the mind.  Song of Solomon helps us get a glimpse of what God wants for us in our sexual relationship with our spouse.

They need the mindset that limits are freeing (Psalm 119).  Some teen boys and girls believe sex and pornography symbolizes their freedom of choice.  It actually symbolizes an enslaving and stunting of maturity.  Teens entangled in its perversion and games have difficulty thinking for themselves and become enslaved to its allure and deception.   

6. Help Your Teen Cultivate Wise Risk-taking and Decision-making

Teens are naturally more prone to risk-taking and impulsive decision-making.  It is how they are wired.  Now, this doesn’t mean it is good or bad, it just means that teens need guidance on how to wisely manage this season of life.  Look at David, he took a risk as a teen stepping into the ring with Goliath.  In that moment as a teen, he channeled his risk-taking.

Risk-taking can take us many different places – some dangerous, some exciting and some new.  Regardless, it takes us somewhere, but we get to decide what risks we pursue.  Pornography can be an exciting risk, because it can create novelty, excitement and an illusion of feeling grown up or pursued.  For some teens, the excitement of looking at or doing something they are not supposed to do can be exciting in itself, much less the thrill of fantasy and intense arousal. 

During the teen years, risk-taking is a very normal part of development, but remember that normal does not make it good. When kids are aroused, lonely, angry, bored or upset, decision-making can take a wrong turn fast and risk-taking can become damaging.

Teach your teen to pause, stop and think as they begin to feel emotions run rampant. Help them formulate an emergency exit plan when their defenses are down. In regard to poor sexual choices, ask them to contemplate how God and a future spouse fit into those choices.  Wouldn’t it be great to help facilitate the risk of showing up for the wedding night without any sexual experience?  While it is a risk, it is a risk worth pursuing.   

The guardrails you put in place aren’t about forbidding some temporary pleasures but rather setting him or her up for a lifetime of sexual satisfaction and wise decision-making. It may be helpful to think about placing stop signs—either figurative or literal—to help your teen remember to pause and think as he or she pursues the true victory of showing up with their mind and body as a gift to his or her spouse.  It is a gift that money can’t buy.  It is a gift that only wisdom and self-control can provide.   

I recommend making a list with your teen of healthy risks and unhealthy risks.  Encourage and support the pursuit of the healthy risks.  Keep in mind that there are some teens that love risk taking more than others.  Healthy risk taking can be fun and risks aren’t necessarily bad, it just depends on which risks a person chooses to pursue.  Risk-taking can actually channel passion and alleviate boredom.   

Help your teen understand that knowledge can be gained from others, but that wisdom is up to them and their decision-making.  God tells us that wisdom is to be pursued and desired more than riches and Proverbs 31 is about the honor found through wisdom.  Help them take smart risks.   

7. Encourage a Close and Authentic Relationship with God, You and Others

Teens with a strong faith and a solid relationship with their parents are less likely to pursue pornography. Teens who typically use the internet in private are much more vulnerable to being drawn toward the temporary strong feelings of pornography.

As you apply these seven strategies, know that it won’t go perfectly. Remember, if necessary, seek out a well-trained Christian counselor to help you and your teen work through the issues that come from the intoxicating and deadening effects of pornography.

Summary

If your teen has viewed pornography, first of all DON’T PANIC.  Life is about the journey, molding and transformation along the way.  Once you’re calm, move toward these steps:

  • Understand what led to pursuing the pornography in the first place
  • Help your child learn how to manage stress, strong emotions and feelings
  • Be intentional, persistent and consistent in teaching your child about sex and character traits related to managing sex well
  • Implement filters, software and limits on technology to help your child be successful in pursuing freedom
  • Discuss and provide instruction on how to be a wise risk-taker and decision-maker—help them see and love personal stop signs
  • Encourage genuine relationships with God, with others and with you

This process is about loving, teaching, modeling and guiding.  It is not about punishing, fearful defenses and shaming.  

Read and apply 2 Peter 1:5-8.  Teach your children how to guard their hearts and pursue moral excellence.

Read Philippians 4:8 again and apply it as a template to healthy sexuality.  What is true… about sex? What is excellent?

If your child continues to struggle, don’t hesitate to call upon a mental health professional to help facilitate victory over the entangling mess of pornography. 

Research articles on how pornography negatively impacts normal sexual functioning:

Maddox, Amanda, Galena K, Rhoades, and Howard J. Markman,” Viewing Sexually-Explicit Materials Alone and Together: Associations with Relationship Quality,” Archives of Sexual Behavior (April 2011), 40, no. 2, 441-448.

Lambert, Nathaniel M. and Sesen Negash, Tyler F. Stillman, Spencer B. Olmstead, and Frank M. Fincham, “A Love That Doesn’t Last: Pornography Consumption and Weakened Commitment to One’s Romantic Partner,” Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology (2012), vol.31, no.4, 410-438.

Olmstead, Spenser B., Sesen N Negash, Kay Pasley, and Frank D. Fincham, “Emerging Adults’ Expectations for Pornography Use in the Context of Future Committed Relationships: A Qualitative Study,” Archives of Sexual Behavior (2013), 42, 625-635.

Research published in the North American Journal of Psychology on December of 2017 confirms that a strong relationship with God and a strong relationship with parents help children make better choices as they use the internet.

Danny Huerta is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed School Social Worker. He has maintained a private practice counseling families since 2004 and has written several articles in various publications. He was a contributing author in the Smart Groom’s Answer Guide: An Eye-Opening Guide to the First Year of Marriage and The First Five Years of Marriage: Launching A Life-Long Relationship. He has been a guest on the Focus on the Family Broadcast and is an ongoing contributor on the Focus on the Family Parenting podcast. He has also been a guest on many radio shows and news shows throughout the US covering various topics related to family and parenting.

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Kim Meeder and her husband, Troy, are the co-founders of Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch, a non-profit organization in Bend, Oregon, that rescues abused horses and pairs them with hurting kids for mutual healing. Kim is a popular motivational speaker and the author of a half dozen books including Hope Rising and Bridge Called Hope, which feature inspirational stories from her ranch.

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With enthusiasm that will set ablaze your passion to reach the hurting, Kim Meeder encourages you to let the holy fire of God’s presence fill your heart, soul, mind and strength. As your fear and pride melt away, those around you who are losing their battle for hope will be transformed by encountering His redeeming love in you. This–this is revival rising.

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 2

Rhonda Stoppe describes her early motherhood challenges of raising a son, which was intimidating to her. She found help through group of older women mentors. She urges moms to see their role as ministry in shaping sons to be good and godly men. Rhonda outlines several practical suggestions to moms about spiritual training, how to communicate with boys, and supporting the father-son relationship as a wife.

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Rhonda Stoppe

Drawing upon 35 years of experience as a mentor, pastor’s wife, and homeschool mom, Rhonda Stoppe offers encouragement and guidance to women as an author and public speaker. She is popularly known as the “No Regrets Woman,” as she is especially passionate about helping women live life without regrets. Rhonda’s books include Moms Raising Sons to Be MenReal Life Romance, and The Marriage Mentor, which she co-authored with her husband, Steve.

Cover image of Rhonda Stoppe's book "Moms Raising Sons to be Men"

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

Mothers of boys have the special calling to shape future men of God. Popular speaker Rhonda Stoppe, mom to two sons, knows this opportunity is a challenge, a joy, and probably the most important work of a woman’s life. Drawing from years of experience, this inspirational resource will revive the faithfulness and fortitude a woman needs to partner with God as they shape the character and heart of a future godly man.

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage - Part 2

They were both convinced they had married the wrong person. From almost the very beginning of their marriage, Amber and Guy Lia experienced various tensions and personality clashes related to house cleaning, backseat driving, workaholism, and intimacy. In this two-day Focus on the Family broadcast, Amber and Guy discuss how they bravely faced the triggers head-on, and committed to working on their own relationships with Jesus. As you listen to the Lia’s story, you’ll feel hope that you, too, can see real marriage transformation!

Headshot of Guy and Amber Lia

Mr. and Mrs. Guy and Amber Lia and Mrs. Jean Daly

Amber Lia is a work-at-home mom, blogger, public speaker, and co-author of two best-selling books. Her husband, Guy, is a former TV, feature film, and VFX development and production executive who has worked on popular TV shows and films. Guy and Amber own Storehouse Media Group, a faith- and family-friendly TV and film production company based in Los Angeles,

Cover image of the book "Marriage Triggers" by Guy and Amber Lia

Marriage Triggers: How You and Your Spouse Can Exchange Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses

A husband-wife team offers practical advice for married couples to end the cycle of reactionary arguments by examining the most common issues that trigger disagreements and apply God’s Word to radically transform relationships.

What to Do When You're Not Okay - Part 2

Life can be pretty stressful. Between work, relationships, and other obligations, the pressure builds, and we lose sight of who we are. Counselor Debra Fileta helps you better understand your emotions, assess your mental, physical, and spiritual health, and intentionally pursue a path to wellbeing. In dealing with anxiety, depression, and panic attacks, Debra understands the importance of self-examination as well as the benefits of seeking professional help. She offers biblically-based advice, tools, and encouragement to help you get on a path toward healing and wholeness.

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Mrs. Debra Fileta

Debra Fileta is a licensed professional counselor specializing in relationship and marital issues. She is also a public speaker and the author of multiple books, including Married SexChoosing Marriage: Why It Has to Start With We > Me, Love in Every Season, and Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are, How You’re Doing, and Why It Matters. Debra’s popular relationship advice blog, TrueLoveDates.com, and her Love + Relationships podcast reach millions of people each year offering guidance on topics including love, sex, and marriage. Debra resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, John, and their four children.

Are You Really Okay?

Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

In Are You Really OK? author and licensed counselor Debra Fileta challenges you to get real with who you are and how you’re doing spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically so you can recognize where you need growth and healing.

Embracing Your Role as a Spouse

As a spouse, you have three roles to play—a friend, a partner, and a lover. On this one-day Focus on the Family broadcast, Pastor Kevin A. Thompson explores those different roles and challenges you to live them out by investing emotionally, physically, and mentally in your relationship. As friends, he suggests we learn to play and laugh together. As partners, he equips us with solid ways to handle conflict and communication. As lovers, he offers some thoughts on how to bring back the sizzle. He shares five keys to saving your marriage: humility, respect, mercy, communication, and resilience. You’ll be encouraged to intentionally invest in your marriage.

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Pastor Kevin Thompson

Kevin A. Thompson (MDiv, Beeson Divinity School) is lead pastor at Community Bible Church, a growing multi-site church with four locations in western Arkansas. Every year he meets with nearly one hundred couples with a range of needs, from pre-marital counseling to navigating the most serious betrayals. A marriage and parenting conference speaker, he and his wife, Jenny, have two children and live in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He blogs at kevinathompson.com.

Cover image of Kevin Thompson's book "Friends, Partners & Lovers"

Friends, Partners, and Lovers: What It Takes to Make Your Marriage Work

With engaging stories and clear, simple language, pastor Kevin Thompson shows how to live out three distinct roles in marraige. Using solid biblical principles, he helps you and your spouse grow your friendship, be supportive partners through the good times and the bad, and develop a healthy and satisfying sex life.

Sharing Your Faith with Grace and Purpose

You can confidently and lovingly share your faith—you just need to learn some new tactics to do so! In this Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast, apologist Greg Koukl outlines the “Columbo” tactic of asking questions, the “self-defeating argument” tactic to find holes in your opponent’s arguments, and other specific methods for engaging in faith-building conversations with others. Greg pulls from his over 30 years of experience debating atheists and agnostics to help you share your faith with grace and truth.

Mr. Greg Koukl

Greg Koukl is a writer, public speaker and talk show host who’s spent 30 years advocating for and defending the Christian worldview. Greg has written or contributed to 15 books, including The Story of RealityTactics, and Precious Unborn Human Persons. Greg has published nearly 230 articles and has spoken on 80 college and university campuses in the U.S. and abroad.

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Tactics, 10th Anniversary Edition: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions

In a world increasingly indifferent to Christian truth, followers of Christ need to be equipped to communicate with those who do not speak their language or accept their source of authority. In Tactics, 10th Anniversary Edition, Gregory Koukl demonstrates how to artfully regain control of conversations, keeping them moving forward in constructive ways through thoughtful diplomacy. You’ll learn how to stop challengers in their tracks and how to turn the tables on questions or provocative statements. Most important, you’ll learn how to get people thinking about Jesus.

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 1

Debra Fileta has identified the four seasons of marriage that correspond with our natural seasons – spring (new life and new love), summer (things get hot!), fall (showing our true colors), and winter (long days ahead). In this interview, she will help couples better understand the four seasons of healthy relationships, what to expect during each one, and how to carefully navigate them for a stronger marriage.

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Debra Fileta

Debra Fileta is a licensed professional counselor specializing in relationship and marital issues. She is also a public speaker and the author of multiple books, including Married SexChoosing Marriage: Why It Has to Start With We > Me, Love in Every Season, and Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are, How You’re Doing, and Why It Matters. Debra’s popular relationship advice blog, TrueLoveDates.com, and her Love + Relationships podcast reach millions of people each year offering guidance on topics including love, sex, and marriage.

Love in Every Season: Understanding the Four Stages of a Healthy Relationship

Every relationship goes through four life-changing seasons: Spring. Summer. Fall. Winter. Each season plays an important role in taking your relationship to the next level. And depending on how you navigate each season, your relationship will either flourish and grow, or it will slowly die. Whether you’re single, dating, engaged or married, join licensed professional counselor and relationship expert, Debra Fileta as she takes you on an eye-opening psychological and spiritual journey through the four seasons that she has observed in every healthy relationship.

How a Former Abortion Doctor Became Pro-Life

As an abortion doctor at Planned Parenthood, Dr. Patti Giebink believed she was helping women. Later, she began reading scripture and God gradually changed her heart on the abortion issue. Patti tells the story of her long journey from abortion doctor to pro-life and encourages listeners to share the message of life with compassion.

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Mrs. Patti Giebink

Dr. Patti Giebink is an OB-GYN who serves on the board of the Alpha Center, a well-known pregnancy center located in Sioux Falls, S.D. She also travels intermittently to work in mission hospitals in Pakistan and other countries. After completing her medical training, Dr. Giebink worked for Planned Parenthood from 1995-1997, during which she was the only abortion-provider in the state of South Dakota. She eventually experienced a radical change of heart on the issue of abortion after receiving God’s grace, forgiveness, and love, and she is now a passionate advocate for the pro-life movement.

Cover image of the book "Unexpected Choice: An Abortion Doctor’s Journey to Pro-Life"

Unexpected Choice: An Abortion Doctor’s Journey to Pro-Life

Unexpected Choice is told from the perspective of a doctor who actually performed abortions through Planned Parenthood. The book chronicles her journey from being a pro-choice physician to someone speaking on behalf of the pro-life movement.

Giving up Sugar, Tasting God's Goodness

As a latchkey kid, Wendy Speake turned to sugar for comfort. Every Friday, she would pedal to the candy show and use her allowance to fill her bag with candy. And one day, when she was older and a mom of three young boys, she came to realize that she was still “pedaling” away from her stress and using sugar as comfort, instead of turning to Jesus. She was joyless, worn out, tired, and in need of a change. In this interview, Wendy will challenge Christians to take 40 days to focus on fasting from something they turn to instead of Jesus for comfort. She invited people to break free from a dependence on sugar and taste the goodness of God.

Author Wendy Speake smiling as she holds up her book "The 40-Day Social Media Fast"

Mrs. Wendy Speake

With a background in Hollywood as a trained actress, Wendy Speake ministers to women as a bible teacher by applying the power of drama, poetry and comedy to the study of Scripture and real-life application of biblical truths. She has co-authored two books with Amber Lia titled Triggers: Exchanging Parents’ Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses and their latest, Parenting Scripts: When What You’re Saying Isn’t Working, Say Something New. Wendy is also the co-author (with Kelli Stuart) of Life Creative: Inspiration for Today’s Renaissance Mom.

Cover image of the book "The 40-Day Sugar Fast"

The 40-Day Sugar Fast: Where Physical Detox Meets Spiritual Transformation

Welcome to the 40-Day Sugar Fast, a fast that begins with us giving Jesus our sugar and ends with Jesus giving us himself–the only thing that can ever truly satisfy our soul’s deep hunger. On this 40-day journey you’ll learn how to stop fixating on food and other things you use to fill the voids in life and instead fix your eyes on Christ. Anyone who runs to sugar for comfort or a reward, who eats mindlessly or out of boredom, who feels physically and spiritually lethargic, or who struggles with self-control will discover here not only freedom from their cravings but an entirely new appetite for the good things God has for us.

Understanding the Root of Your Child's Misbehavior - Part 1

Often, children act out because they are used to getting attention through bad behavior. Dr. Kevin Leman offers advice to help parents transform their child’s behavior. He discusses the benefits of allowing your kids to learn from real-life consequences and describes the importance of understanding your child’s temperament based on his birth order.

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman is an internationally known family psychologist and an award-winning, New York Times best-selling author. He is also a popular public speaker and media personality who has made countless guest appearances on numerous radio and TV programs. Dr. Leman has written more than 50 books including The Birth Order BookHave a New Kid by Friday and Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours.

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

Tantrums. Talking back. Throwing toys or food. Meltdowns. Slamming doors. Kids know just how to push your buttons. You’ve tried all sorts of methods, but nothing seems to work. In this book, Dr. Kevin Leman reveals exactly why kids misbehave and how you can turn that behavior around with practical, no-nonsense strategies that really work . . . and are a long-term win for both of you.

Understanding the Root of Your Child's Misbehavior - Part 2

Often, children act out because they are used to getting attention through bad behavior. Dr. Kevin Leman offers advice to help parents transform their child’s behavior. He discusses the benefits of allowing your kids to learn from real-life consequences and describes the importance of understanding your child’s temperament based on his birth order.

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman is an internationally known family psychologist and an award-winning, New York Times best-selling author. He is also a popular public speaker and media personality who has made countless guest appearances on numerous radio and TV programs. Dr. Leman has written more than 50 books including The Birth Order BookHave a New Kid by Friday and Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours.

Bundle of Why Your Kids Misbehave

Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

Tantrums. Talking back. Throwing toys or food. Meltdowns. Slamming doors. Kids know just how to push your buttons. You’ve tried all sorts of methods, but nothing seems to work. In this book, Dr. Kevin Leman reveals exactly why kids misbehave and how you can turn that behavior around with practical, no-nonsense strategies that really work . . . and are a long-term win for both of you.

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 2

Debra Fileta has identified the four seasons of marriage that correspond with our natural seasons – spring (new life and new love), summer (things get hot!), fall (showing our true colors), and winter (long days ahead). In this interview, she will help couples better understand the four seasons of healthy relationships, what to expect during each one, and how to carefully navigate them for a stronger marriage.

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Debra Fileta

Debra Fileta is a licensed professional counselor specializing in relationship and marital issues. She is also a public speaker and the author of multiple books, including Married SexChoosing Marriage: Why It Has to Start With We > Me, Love in Every Season, and Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are, How You’re Doing, and Why It Matters. Debra’s popular relationship advice blog, TrueLoveDates.com, and her Love + Relationships podcast reach millions of people each year offering guidance on topics including love, sex, and marriage.

Love in Every Season: Understanding the Four Stages of a Healthy Relationship

Every relationship goes through four life-changing seasons: Spring. Summer. Fall. Winter. Each season plays an important role in taking your relationship to the next level. And depending on how you navigate each season, your relationship will either flourish and grow, or it will slowly die. Whether you’re single, dating, engaged or married, join licensed professional counselor and relationship expert, Debra Fileta as she takes you on an eye-opening psychological and spiritual journey through the four seasons that she has observed in every healthy relationship.

Reconciling Faith and Science in a Medical Crisis

Dr. Lee Warren is a neurosurgeon who has faced many heavy challenges in his life – from serving in the Iraq War to removing deadly brain tumors to experiencing the loss of a teenage son. He’ll share about his difficult quest to find answers to some of life’s toughest questions, while holding onto his faith in God and the sure hope of heaven

Headshot of Focus on the Family broadcast guest Dr. W. Lee Warren

Dr. Lee Warren

W. Lee Warren, M.D., is a brain surgeon , inventor, Iraq War veteran, and author of I’ve Seen the End of You: A Neurosurgeon’s Look at Faith, Doubt, and the Things We Think We Know, winner of the Christian Book Award®. His previous book, No Place to Hide, was included on the 2015 U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff’s Recommended Reading List. Dr. Warren has appeared on The 700 Club and the CBS Evening News, and his writings have been featured in Guideposts magazine. His Dr. Lee Warren Podcast, which is heard in more than 60 countries, helps listeners use the power of neuroscience, faith, and common sense to change their lives.

Cover image of Dr. Lee Warren's book "I've Seen the End of You"

I've Seen the End of You: A Neurosurgeon's Look at Faith, Doubt, and the Things We Think We Know

This gripping inspirational memoir grapples with the tension between faith and science—and between death and hope—as a seasoned neurosurgeon faces insurmountable odds and grief both in the office and at home.

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 1

Jodie Berndt loves to pray for her children. She’s been doing that for the past thirty years. Now she helps other parents to talk to God, asking for the salvation of their kids, and for wisdom, self-discipline, purpose, a future and much more. She offers fun and practical encouragement that moms and dads can put to work immediately in their daily lives as they prepare their children for a life in Christ.

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Jodie Berndt

Jodie Berndt is a public speaker, a Bible teacher, and the the author of 10 books. Find out more about Jodie and get some free resources (including printable prayer cards and calendars) at her website, jodieberndt.com.

Cover image of Jodie Berndt's book "Praying the Scriptures for Your Children"

Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

You will discover how using the Bible to shape your desires and requests opens the door to God’s provision—and frees us from things like worry and fear in our parenting! This expanded edition of the bestseller features updated content on issues like technology and identity, and comes with new material designed to invite children into the family prayer circle. Purchase now and receive 10% off your product.

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 1

Rhonda Stoppe describes her early motherhood challenges of raising a son, which was intimidating to her. She found help through group of older women mentors. She urges moms to see their role as ministry in shaping sons to be good and godly men. Rhonda outlines several practical suggestions to moms about spiritual training, how to communicate with boys, and supporting the father-son relationship as a wife.

Headshot of Rhonda Stoppe

Rhonda Stoppe

Drawing upon 35 years of experience as a mentor, pastor’s wife, and homeschool mom, Rhonda Stoppe offers encouragement and guidance to women as an author and public speaker. She is popularly known as the “No Regrets Woman,” as she is especially passionate about helping women live life without regrets. Rhonda’s books include Moms Raising Sons to Be MenReal Life Romance, and The Marriage Mentor, which she co-authored with her husband, Steve.

Cover image of Rhonda Stoppe's book "Moms Raising Sons to be Men"

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

Mothers of boys have the special calling to shape future men of God. Popular speaker Rhonda Stoppe, mom to two sons, knows this opportunity is a challenge, a joy, and probably the most important work of a woman’s life. Drawing from years of experience, this inspirational resource will revive the faithfulness and fortitude a woman needs to partner with God as they shape the character and heart of a future godly man.

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage Part 1

They were both convinced they had married the wrong person. From almost the very beginning of their marriage, Amber and Guy Lia experienced various tensions and personality clashes related to house cleaning, backseat driving, workaholism, and intimacy. In this two-day Focus on the Family broadcast, Amber and Guy discuss how they bravely faced the triggers head-on, and committed to working on their own relationships with Jesus. As you listen to the Lia’s story, you’ll feel hope that you, too, can see real marriage transformation!

Headshot of Guy and Amber Lia

Mr. and Mrs. Guy and Amber Lia and Mrs. Jean Daly

Amber Lia is a work-at-home mom, blogger, public speaker, and co-author of two best-selling books. Her husband, Guy, is a former TV, feature film, and VFX development and production executive who has worked on popular TV shows and films. Guy and Amber own Storehouse Media Group, a faith- and family-friendly TV and film production company based in Los Angeles,

Cover image of the book "Marriage Triggers" by Guy and Amber Lia

Marriage Triggers: How You and Your Spouse Can Exchange Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses

A husband-wife team offers practical advice for married couples to end the cycle of reactionary arguments by examining the most common issues that trigger disagreements and apply God’s Word to radically transform relationships.

What to Do When You're Not Okay - Part 1

Life can be pretty stressful. Between work, relationships, and other obligations, the pressure builds, and we lose sight of who we are. Counselor Debra Fileta helps you better understand your emotions, assess your mental, physical, and spiritual health, and intentionally pursue a path to wellbeing. In dealing with anxiety, depression, and panic attacks, Debra understands the importance of self-examination as well as the benefits of seeking professional help. She offers biblically-based advice, tools, and encouragement to help you get on a path toward healing and wholeness.

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Mrs. Debra Fileta

Debra Fileta is a licensed professional counselor specializing in relationship and marital issues. She is also a public speaker and the author of multiple books, including Married SexChoosing Marriage: Why It Has to Start With We > Me, Love in Every Season, and Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are, How You’re Doing, and Why It Matters. Debra’s popular relationship advice blog, TrueLoveDates.com, and her Love + Relationships podcast reach millions of people each year offering guidance on topics including love, sex, and marriage. Debra resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, John, and their four children.

Are You Really Okay?

Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

In Are You Really OK? author and licensed counselor Debra Fileta challenges you to get real with who you are and how you’re doing spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically so you can recognize where you need growth and healing.

Navigating a Toxic Culture with Your Daughter - Part 1

As a pediatrician, Dr. Meg Meeker has seen thousands of girls come through her office through the years. They struggle with eating issues, sexual identity, social media…and many other challenges in this toxic culture. Dr. Meeker will encourage parents to invest love and time in their daughters and develop their character to give them the best opportunity for a bright future, all rooted in a spiritual foundation. The discussion also includes healthy feminism vs. toxic feminism

Mrs. Meg Meeker

Dr. Meg Meeker is a pediatrician who is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading authorities on parenting, teens and children’s health. With appearances on numerous nationally syndicated radio and TV programs, her popularity as a an expert on key issues confronting families has created a strong following across America. Her work with countless families over the years served as the inspiration behind her best-selling books which include Strong Fathers, Strong DaughtersStrong Mothers, Strong Sons and The Ten Habits of Happy Mothers

Cover image of Dr. Meg Meeker's book "Raising a Strong Daughter in a Toxic Culture"

Raising a Strong Daughter in a Toxic Culture: 11 Steps to Keep Her Happy, Healthy, and Safe

Meg Meeker has been a pediatrician for more than thirty years, is a mother and a grandmother, and has seen it all. She knows what makes for strong, happy, healthy young women–and what puts our daughters at risk. Combining that experience with her famous common sense, she explains the eleven steps that will help your daughter–whether she’s a toddler or a troubled teen–to achieve her full human potential.

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Newest Release - Episode 1: The Truth About Life!

In this episode, we will tackle tough questions like, “When does life begin?” and “What does the Bible
say about Life?” You’ll discover and understand the stages of pre-born life and that babies are more than
just a clump of cells!

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