Ages 13-18

Focus on the Family Commentary

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Greatest Years of Influence

When your child enters the adult world, it can be an exciting time.  Your daily parenting role is finished.  But the most important time to influence your children’s lives may be just getting started.

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Focus on the Family Commentary

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Connect With Your Teen

Teenagers can pass through a parent’s life like a ship in the night.  Their lives are filled with school, homework, jobs, friends, and extracurricular activities.  And, it’s not just them!  Parents are usually coming and going as well.  So, how can you stay connected with your teen when life gets crazy?

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Focus on the Family Commentary

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Walk With Someone

As an assistant coach for my son’s eighth grade football team, it’s usually me teaching the kids.  But if I keep my eyes open, they’ll often teach me a thing or two.

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Focus on the Family Commentary

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Parenting in the Middle School Years

By the time our children enter middle school, their march toward independence is well under way.  It can be a confusing time for parents. When a child spreads his wings, it can feel like he’s turning his back on you instead.  But that’s not really the case.

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Focus on the Family Commentary

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Generation Snack

According to a new report by Health Affairs, kids today are taking in significantly more calories from snack foods than they did in the 1970s.  Statistics show that half of American children snack four times a day, and that some kids are eating almost constantly, with as many as ten snacks a day.

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Focus on the Family Commentary

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Prepare Your Kids for Marriage

Parents want their teenagers to learn important life lessons. But there’s one area moms and dads usually overlook: marriage!

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Focus on the Family Minute

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Mentoring At-Risk Teens

Just taking the time to spend with a troubled teen can make the difference.  Rob Mitchell says it helped to have role models.  Listen to the Full program here.

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Teen girl standing with books in school library

Article

Six Marks of a College-Ready Teen

Alex Chediak

Alex Chediak shares six foundational marks of a teen who will make responsible decisions.

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Article

Conflict With Your Teen

Gary Smalley and Greg Smalley

Good communication begins with listening and not with searching for solutions.

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Assorted prescription pills spilled from their containers with a glass of alcohol sitting nearby

Article

The Vicious Truth About Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

Bob Waliszewski , Loren Eaton , and Adam Holz

Read about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, what the Bible has to say about getting high, how a teen can help a friend involved in substance abuse and resources for drug abuse.

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food being pushed around on a plate

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The Truth About Eating Disorders

Focus on the Family

Learn what causes eating disorders, what the root of the problem is, factors that could lead to the development of an eating disorder, what the Bible says about beauty and how to avoid the trap of eating disorders.

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Teen girl holding Bible and smiling

Article

Absolute Truth

Lindy Keffer

Learn about absolute truth and what it means in a culture that embraces relativism, including evidence on the reality of God, Jesus and the Bible, and growing in Christian faith and beliefs.

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Sad teenage girl

Article

Living With Healthy Grief

Glenn Lutjens

Learn how to deal with the grief that comes from the death of a loved one or from divorce. It includes the stages of grief and provides teens with ideas on how to walk through the process of grief after a loss.

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Teenage boy delivering a sack of groceries to an elderly lady at her front door

Series

Your Teen Needs You

Your teen needs you to counteract the culture and set a positive Christian example in the face of all society throws at them.

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Tips for Parenting Teens

How to connect with your teen through the turbulent adolescent years.

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Father and son talking on a bench

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Sticking With Your Teen: Having to Say You're Sorry

The most powerful words we can say to our kids ("I'm sorry") are also the most humbling – and sometimes the most painful.

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A mom and a teen son are sitting at the table eating and talking

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Conflict With Your Teen

Good communication begins with listening and not with searching for solutions.

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father and son hugging outdoors

Series

Help Your Teens Achieve Their Dreams

The time you invest in helping your child discover his or her God-given gifts and talents will be one of the most cherished investments you'll ever make.

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Three teenage girls sit on a bench in a mall

Series

Letting Go of Your Teen

Your teen is separating from you; make this transition easier by understanding what's yours to control and what isn't.

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Pregnant Teen

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Your Teenager is Pregnant

When your teenage daughter tells you she's pregnant, or your teenage son tells you his girlfriend is, it's not the best news. It isn't the end of the world either.

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Dad and son looking straight ahead, with the dad resting his arm on his son's shoulders

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How Your Teen is Wired

What can parents do to better understand their children's teen years?

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Tips for Parenting Teens

Joe White and Lissa Halls Johnson

Consider the many areas that change during the adolescent years, and how to parent your kids through them.

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