Ages 13-18

Five questions that guide your teen's decisions

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5 Questions That Guide Your Teen's Decisions

Jill Savage

Help answer your teen's questions that stem from five core needs: security, belonging, identity, purpose and aptitude

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Mom holding a child to comfort her

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Helping Your Teen Deal With Anxiety

Jeannie Cunnion

In a fast-paced, performance-driven world, parents can help their teens overcome stress by shifting their focus.

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Mother and teen daughter sitting on sofa, talking

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Don't Panic When You Hear 'I Don't Think I Believe'

Ann Vande Zande

Have your teens expressed doubts about their faith? Instead of panicking, help them work through their doubts — questions and concerns — to strengthen their faith.

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Focus on the Family Minute

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Skin Their Knee

Jim Burns encourages parents to allow their children to fail so they can become resilient, responsible adults. Listen to the full program here.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Navigating the Challenges Teens Face (Part 2 of 2)

In a discussion based on his book Understanding Your Teen, Jim Burns offers advice for how parents can help their teens deal with the challenging issues they face, including the use of technology and social media, peer pressure, drug and alcohol abuse, depression, the transition to adulthood, and more. (Part 2 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Navigating the Challenges Teens Face (Part 1 of 2)

In a discussion based on his book Understanding Your Teen, Jim Burns offers advice for how parents can help their teens deal with the challenging issues they face, including the use of technology and social media, peer pressure, drug and alcohol abuse, depression, the transition to adulthood, and more. (Part 1 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Minute

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Give Relationship

Jim Burns explains that in order for rules to be taken seriously, you must bond in a relational way with your child. Listen to the full program here.

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Focus on the Family Commentary

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Don't Shrink Back

Teenagers thrive when they're given independence. But they also thrive when they're given clear boundaries. Jim Daly shares why good parenting isn't about granting your teenager their every wish.

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Teen with his head face down on his desk

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What to Do When Your Teens Aren't Ready to Go Back to School

Jim Burns and Ginger Kolbaba

Help your teens make a smoother transition as they head back to school.

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Teen with her face against a blackboard, eyes shut.

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5 Lies That Can Destroy Your Daughter

Jessie Minassian

Teen girls can easily fall prey to these five lies that make them question their worth. Jessie Minassian provides tips for how to recognize these lies, battle them with the truth and arm your girl to do the same.

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Focus on the Family Minute

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Enjoying the View

Jessie Minassian gives her answer to the question "how far is too far?" Listen to the full program here.

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Focus on the Family Minute

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Craving the Right Things

Jessie Minassian explains how a strong relationship with God can help prevent feeling desperate for a dating relationship. Listen to the full program here.

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Focus on the Family Commentary

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What Were You Thinking?

If you've got teenagers, you've probably asked them, "What were you thinking?" Jim Daly explains what your child is thinking and why you should look beneath their behavior for answers.

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A mother kisses her teen daughter on the cheek as the girl hugs her from behind.

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The One Thing Your Teen Needs From You

Dr. Kenneth Wilgus

It's often the hardest to give your teens what they need the most. Letting go and giving greater independence to your kids as the grow

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Tween and Teen Development

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Tween and Teen Development

Dr. Meg Meeker

Tweens and teens experience many physical and emotional changes that can be confusing for parents. Dr. Meg Meeker explains those changes and offers tips for parents to respond effectively so their sons and daughters can thrive during their teenage years.

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Focus on the Family Commentary

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"I Hate You!"

When your teenager acts immature and irrational toward you, how should you respond? Jim Daly shares how not only to teach your children a positive way to solve a problem, but how to model it.

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Focus on the Family Minute

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Lazy Parenting

Dr. Ken Wilgus explains why lecturing is ineffective with teenagers. Listen to the full program here.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Helping Your Teen Become an Adult

Dr. Kenneth Wilgus offers parents practical help for navigating the challenges that come with guiding their teens into young adulthood in a discussion based on his book Feeding the Mouth That Bites You: A Complete Guide to Parenting Adolescents and Launching Them Into the World.

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Serious teen girl looking away toward a window as she sits on her bed

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How to Engage a Teen Wrestling With Faith

Carol Barnier

Has your teen decided to “give up the faith”? Get insight into how parents can engage with their prodigals.

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Mother Talking With Unhappy Teenage Daughter On Sofa

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How to Respond When Your Teen Is Hurting

Kevin Leman

Is your teen hurting? Instead of lecturing, try guiding your child with these three principles

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Focus on the Family Minute

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They Own Everything

Dr. Ken Wilgus offers parents a solid way to discipline teens – by taking away their stuff! Listen to the full program here.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Giving Your Teen Freedom to Become an Adult (Part 2 of 2)

Psychologist Dr. Kenneth Wilgus offers parents a strategy of "planned emancipation" whereby they can help prepare their teens for adulthood by carefully and progressively withdrawing their control over key areas of their teen's life. (Part 2 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Minute

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The Primary Need of Teenagers

Dr. Ken Wilgus explains why teenagers experiment with grown-up activities. Listen to the full program here.

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