Spiritual

Teenage Boy In Bedroom

Series

Do What's Right

As parents, you can help your children understand why doing the right thing is best for them and encourage them in doing what is right.

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Illustration of a winding road with cars and pedestrians. Several stops on the path show areas of hard work, self-control and honesty

Article

How to Encourage Your Kids to Do What’s Right

Arlene Pellicane

Five ways to instill character in your children and raise them to value and demonstrate integrity

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Girl facing a walk over a hanging rope bridge over a stream

Article

Perseverance: How Your Kids Can Overcome Hardship

Danny Huerta, MSW, LCSW, LSSW

Perseverance is an overlooked but essential quality that parents need to instill in their children

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Focus on the Family Minute

Episode

The Childishness of Children

Dr. David Ireland recalls a child’s funny prayer. Listen to the full program here.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

Developing a Love of Prayer in Your Kids

Dr. David Ireland offers parents practical advice for fostering their kids' spiritual development in a discussion based on his book Raising a Child Who Prays: Teaching Your Family the Power of Prayer.

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Illustration of a young boy kneeling at the entrance to the throne room where God sits

Article

Do Your Children Know How to Draw Closer to God Through Prayer?

Dr. David Ireland

Unanswered questions about prayer may cause kids to have misconceptions. We can help correct those misunderstandings as we teach our kids how to draw closer to God through prayer.

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teen boy praying

Article

How to Be Intentional About Raising Christ Followers

Rhett H. Wilson

Rhett H. Wilson gives parents five ways to guide kids to become devoted Christ-followers.

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Teen girl reading a Bible to kids at a park

Article

Celebrate Religious freedom and God's Love

Focus on the Family Magazine

Students are celebrating their religious freedom and reflecting God's love by bringing their Bibles to school

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Father and daughter lie on living room floor reading the Bible together. Daughter is pointing to a passage.

Article

How to Introduce Your Kids to the Scriptures

various authors

Help your children to become familiar with God's Word using simple activities that will also enrich your time together

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Illustration of Jesus walking alongside a sad girl

Article

How to Reassure Your Children of Who They Are in God's Eyes

Sara Hagerty

You can help your children understand that they really are loved—and even liked—by their heavenly Father?

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A young man in a classroom is looking at the camera while the rest of the class is looking at the teacher.

Article

That Their World May Know Who God Is

Ray Vander Laan

Many kids in today's culture don't read the Bible. Give your kids the help they need to show others who God is through their actions.

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Family On Playground Climbing Frame

Article

Fun Ways for Your Family to Practice Praise

Jean Thomason

Practice praising God as a family, and it will change the way you deal with circumstances and lighten the atmosphere in your home.

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A family opens their front door to discover an exciting world full of people and nature.

Series

Help Those in Need

Amid busy schedules and draining deadlines, you still might find time to help others.

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Article

Miss America Swimsuit or Not

Sheri Rose Shepherd

I am not for or against the swimsuit competition, but I do believe it would be a beautiful new change to exemplify something more than how we look.

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A dad has his hand on his son's head, and the son is laughing, as they stare into the distance

Article

How to Help Your Children Find Purpose

Tim Wright

How will you lead your children to following Jesus before they enter adulthood?

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Article

Which Nature Are You Feeding?

Bob Smithouser

A number of years ago I satisfied an unfulfilled childhood urge by adopting a pair of baby iguanas. Liberty and Justice were about the same age and size when they arrived at their new home and, like any good father of two, I did my best to treat them equally.

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teen boy praying

Article

Rethink Your Family Bible Time to Be More Successful

Diane Comer

Gathering for family devotions leads to closer family ties and a greater sense of identity as Christ-followers.

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A young boy wearing bicycle helmet and elbow pads stands resolutely with arms folded

Article

Teach Kids How to Defend Their Faith

Natasha Crain

Gear up so you can help your kids to learn how to defend what they believe.

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A young girl treating another child with integrity

Series

Character Development: Integrity

Do your children understand the importance of having integrity?

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A person wearing tennis shoes stands on two arrows, one labeled wrong and pointed left; the second labeled right and pointed right

Article

How to Train Kids to Have More Integrity

Debbie Jansen

Do your children understand the importance of having integrity? Becoming intentional in teaching this character trait offers solid rewards.

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Woman and her daughter smiling at each other as they talk

Article

3 Practical Principles for Disciplining With Grace

Karis Kimmel Murray

Seeking to parent our children the way God parents us can dramatically change the atmosphere of our home.

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A mom praying with her teen son

Article

How to Be an Active, Gospel-Centered Mom

Brooke McGlothlin

Helping our children experience the power of the Gospel begins with us living it out in our own lives.

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Smiling tween boy talking on his phone in the city

Article

An Attitude of Gratitude: Going Beyond Please and Thank You

Timothy L. Sanford, MA, LPC

Are your children truly grateful for what they have? Here are ways parents can create a lasting attitude of gratitude in children.

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