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Six Ways to Help Your Child Live With Empathy and Altruism

It is possible to teach our children how to show empathy and altruism, even in today’s world. We want our children to both feel compassion and have the courage and willingness to step in and help others. If we are intentional as parents in demonstrating empathy and altruism, our children will notice and will learn from our example.

Who doesn’t want their kid to show empathy and altruism to others instead of being a kid that believes “it’s all about me?” But can we teach our kids to live with empathy in a world where narcissism rules? 

First, don’t believe the media hype that younger generations — millennials and Gen Z — are the most selfish generations ever. Clinical studies show that stereotype is false. Some of the most caring and committed people who want to make a difference in other’s lives are, in fact, those media-bashed millennials. But how do you transfer that desire to care for others to the precious child you’re raising? 

Second, notice the two keywords in the title of this article: Empathy and altruism. Empathy is the feeling of compassion that we get when we see a person or animal hurting or mistreated. Altruism happens when we see that hurting person drop their books, and we bend down to help pick them up. We want our children to feel compassion and have the courage and willingness to step in and help others. 

We Are Wired to Show Empathy

Neuroscientists have demonstrated that children are wired as young as eight months to respond to other children who are upset or crying. Your child already has some God-given abilities to see and want to soothe others. As parents, there are essential things that we need to do to develop empathy and altruism in our children. Our encouragement and direction can help our children choose to reach out and help others consistently.

In this article, we’ll look at six ways you can help your child strengthen their emotional muscles with both empathy and altruism. All six methods rely on your child having secure independence. This means that when your child sees someone hurting, because of the security they feel inside, they don’t get overwhelmed by the emotional display of another person.

Their attachment to you as a parent is the basis for this security. The more securely attached your child is to you, the easier it will be for them to have the confidence to explore their world and reach out to others — even those who are hurting. But your child also needs someone to model affection for them. While our kids are wired with the response to show empathy, that crucial connection point — where they reach out to meet the need — becomes more robust when they see empathy lived out in altruism.  

So let’s jump into these six ways you can help your kids become independent enough to see and engage with what’s happening to others, all while stepping up to help!

1. Help Your Child Understand His or Her Own Emotions First 

How many times on a flight have you heard in the safety briefing, “Put on your oxygen mask first before putting on your child’s oxygen mask.” Advice like this can help you as your child learns empathy. You will want to teach your kids how to deal with their own emotions first. If they understand their own emotions, they can respond to the feelings of others as well. 

Two Different Daughters

For example, my wife and I raised two very different daughters. Kari was very expressive in showing her emotions when she was young. We never had to wonder what she was feeling. If she was upset, we knew it. But sometimes that expressiveness crossed the line into tantrums or pouting. One thing, in particular, proved very helpful for Kari and us. We gave her ways to visualize the emotions she was feeling and showed her that she could come up with ways to deal with those emotions in healthy ways.

The Microwave Analogy

Kari was five years old and had just had a meltdown over a toy that was taken from her. When the emotion had died down, I took her into the kitchen. 

“Kari, let’s do an experiment.” I had her get a clear glass mug from the cabinet and fill it with water. Then we put it into the microwave on high for four minutes. In a microwave, water will boil and bubble after about 2:30. 

“See those bubbles? That means the water is boiling.” I went on to say, “Think about when you get upset. Sometimes, do you feel like your emotions start bubbling up and can spill out?” 

She nodded her head. 

“So, help me do something.” I had her to push the pause button on the microwave. Instantly, the bubbles stopped. I had her push start, and the bubbles started again. She hit the pause button a second time, and they stopped. 

“Kari, let’s talk about how, when you feel all those emotions bubbling up inside, you can hit the pause button so that things don’t spill over.” This led to one of the most helpful pictures we kept going back to with her, time and again. It showed Kari how those emotional bubbles — frustration, anger, fear — could bubble up, but also how she had a choice to push the pause button and do something besides boiling over. 

Putting A Word to an Emotion

Laura, our second child, had deep emotions as well, but we seldom heard them! She would internalize them, turn away, or want to be alone instead of sharing something she was feeling. So with Laura, we would encourage her to use words. We would ask her, “What is the word you are feeling right now?” If we stopped and listened, she would eventually put a word to the emotion she was feeling but was not naming or sharing. That led to her being able to talk about her emotions, not just ignore or swallow them. 

Help Your Child Understand Their Own Emotions

Begin by helping your child deal with their emotions. As they begin to gain independence and realize they can deal with their fears or frustrations, it can help them see others’ emotions with more objectivity. They will begin to see the need behind the deed. 

For example, let’s say your ten-year-old son has a friend named Bryan. His father is a soldier who has just deployed to Afghanistan. Bryan would understandably feel sad about his Dad’s absence. That could be a time to talk to your child. Ask him, “What do you think Bryan is feeling right now? Why do you think he might be upset?” 

Help your child to get in touch with his feelings as if he were in that same situation. It is a way that you can help him develop empathy for his friend. But we would also ask, “What do you think we could do to be of help to Bryan right now?” Encourage your eight-year-old to come up with several things he might be able to do to help his friend during those long deployment days. 

2. Make Your Child a Compassion Hero in a Book You Read to Them

When it comes to modeling compassion with both our girls, we did something we’d encourage you to do as well — to make your child a compassion hero! When Kari and Laura were around seven or eight-years-old, we’d all sit down at night and read C.S. Lewis’ tremendous children series, The Chronicles of Narnia

InThe Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, readers meet a wonderful character named Lucy. She is empathetic and altruistic, loving, and kind. Only when we read the book with our girls, her name wasn’t “Lucy” anymore. It became “Kari” or “Laura.” With all apologies to C.S. Lewis, we changed the character’s name to our daughters’ names! 

Every time Lucy appeared in the story, it was instead Kari who met Mr. Beaver and helped him. Or it was Laura who had such compassion for Mr. Tumnus when the witch turned him to stone. And it was Princess Kari and Princess Laura who became princesses of Narnia by being so caring and kind. Putting your child into a story where they are living out the traits of empathy and altruism can be a great way to model for them who they can become in real life! 

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3. Help Your Child Understand What is Real to Someone Else 

I haven’t always been great at compassion and empathy. But I learned something important regarding empathy and altruism when I was a teenager. It’s similar to something every nurse learns in nursing school: “Pain is what the patient says it is.” If the patient says that their pain is real, it’s real to them — even if the nurse can’t find anything wrong. Here’s how keeping that in mind can help you teach and model empathy and altruism for your child.

A Lesson From Plays and Playoffs

In my junior year in high school, our football team went to the divisional playoffs. We were favorites to win. I remember playing my heart out. However, our team lost in the last few seconds of the game. I didn’t take my helmet off after the game ended because I was crying. I didn’t want any of my friends to see me crying because it was so heartbreaking to me. 

A few weeks after the game, I was backstage at the tryouts for the big school play for which a good friend was auditioning. He wasn’t a football player, but he was a great singer and loved drama. I was backstage to support him. But when he walked out on stage, he blew his audition. He did get a part in the play but failed to land the lead role that he had practiced so hard to get.

As he walked off-stage, I saw he had tears in his eyes just like I had when we lost the football game! To be honest, I didn’t think missing out on being the lead in a play was that big a deal. But the tears in my friend’s eyes taught me that the audition was like a playoff game that he too had lost. I shared that story with our daughters when they were young. It helped them understand that pain is different and real for each one of us.

Look for ways to help your child realize that while they might feel like losing a stuffed animal isn’t that big of a big deal — if it’s a big deal to their sister or friend, it’s real. And something they can recognize and lean into as well. 

4. Encourage Creativity in Helping Someone Else

Something that helps children develop empathy and altruism for others is seeing other people doing something empathetic. It can be particularly helpful to see other children caring for others. 

Easton LaChappelle was fourteen years old when he built a prototype for a robotic hand out of Legos and fishing wire for a science project. It was so good that it earned him third place at the 2011 Colorado State Science Fair. At that fair, he met a seven-year-old girl who had a prosthetic arm. Her prosthetic arm was state-of-the-art, but it also cost over $80,000! That’s way too expensive for the average person or family! That’s when Easton’s creativity kicked in. He decided to come up with a way to build a robotic arm that costs much less. He succeeded by using 3D printing to bring the production cost of a similar prosthetic arm down to just $350.

There are countless stories of children who have made a difference. For more examples, you can search Google and share those stories with your child. Take some time to talk about how creative that child was and encourage them to be creative in helping someone else as well. Ask, “What do you think we could do to help that person?” It’s a great way to encourage creativity and caring. 

5. Help Your Kids Realize Their Own Hurts Can Become a Platform for Encouraging Others

Shakespeare’s character Romeo says, He jests at scars that never felt a wound.” It’s easy to look at a scar someone else carries and make fun of it. But we look at that same scar in a very different way if we too have been scarred. All children go through tough times or experiences. But those negative experiences we go through don’t have to defeat us. They can make us more alert, more aware, and even more ready to help others facing similar challenges. 

Your child will fail to make the team, lose something important to them, or get sick and miss an important event. Be with them in their disappointment. After some time has passed, look for ways in which you and your child can talk about what they experienced. Discuss those scars they carry but have worked hard to overcome. For example, let’s say your family made a cross-country move right before junior high. There would have been lots of challenges during the first year as your family made the transition. But then someone shows up in high school who just moved from somewhere else and is struggling. Your child can use their own experience to reach out to the new kid at school and help them.

A close friend of ours died in a climbing accident about a year ago. He left behind a wife and twin boys. As the Lord would have it, a new teacher arrived at the twins’ school who had lost his father when he was their same age. The encouragement and bonding with that teacher proved incredibly helpful for our friend and her boys.  

6. Having the Courage to be Compassionate

There are so many other ways we could talk about encouraging empathy and altruism. Clinical studies show how important they can be to children of all ages. Things like getting your child a pet to take care of, going on a missions trip, serving at a food kitchen, or visiting a nursing home can help teach our kids empathy. While I’m sure you saw this example coming, clinical studies show that perhaps the strongest predictor of empathetic and courageous behavior is when individuals grow up in a family that prioritized compassion and caring for others. Here’s a fantastic example: 

Pearl and Samuel Oliner did a landmark study on how children who had compassionate parents tended to also be more empathetic and altruistic. The people the Oliners chose to study were Germans who had helped rescue Jews during the Nazi Holocaust. These people decided to help others despite the considerable risk of losing their own lives. 

Person after person shared that the strength they drew on was from memories of their parents choosing to be courageous and caring. They and their parents lived out verses like Isaiah 1:17: “Learn to do good, seek justice, reprove the ruthless, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.” 

The courage and compassion those Germans lived out is something that I pray we never have to face. But there will be courageous decisions that we can make every day. Those decisions can make a difference in how our children view others. Memories of what they saw us do to live out justice, mercy, empathy, and altruism can impact them for the rest of their lives.

Final Thoughts

It is possible to teach our children how to show empathy and altruism, even in today’s world. We want our children to feel compassion and have the courage and willingness to step in and help others. If we are intentional as parents in demonstrating empathy and altruism, our children will notice and will learn from our example. 

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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 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!

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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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