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What Parents Need to Know About Concussions

Physical activity is important to healthy child development but parents need to know how to prevent and respond to head injuries that may result in concussions.

Responding to a Child's Head Injury

Your child has suffered a sports related head injury. But what exactly does that mean? Does she have brain damage? If so, will it be permanent? How long will it take to heal? Will your child be able to return to sports? What do you know about responding to a child’s head injury? Could she have a concussion? If so, you might consider what parents need to know about concussions.

The seriousness of concussion and head injuries has drawn a lot of attention in recent years, in large part because of problems linked to professional football.

But these injuries have become a distressing issue for parents since they don’t just occur among pro athletes. Children and teens can experience concussions too. And they can occur not just in collision sports like football but in non-contact or limited-contact activities as well[i].

What is a concussion?

A concussion is an injury to the brain that can be caused by a blow to the head, a hard hit to the body, or a whiplash type of event. This can stretch or damage blood vessels in the brain and affect how the brain’s neurons function.

A concussion is not just a “brain bruise” as some think of it. It’s a total change in the way the brain works.

An Ounce of Prevention

It’s always better to avoid a problem such as a concussion than to treat one afterward. Here are some ways to reduce the risk of a student athlete sustaining a concussion.

  • Make sure your child is using the right gear, including a properly-fitting, sport-appropriate helmet. Remember, though, that even the best helmet cannot provide complete protection against concussion.
  • Pay attention to rules and technique. Unsportsmanlike play and inappropriate hits can lead to head injuries. And certain types of collisions (such as head-to-head hits in football) are more likely to result in a concussion. Urge your child to follow the rules and use the best technique.
  • Limit contact when possible. Not every practice session has to involve a high energy clash of bodies. If your child’s practices are full contact, talk with the coach about decreasing the number of non-game hits a child experiences so you don’t have to worry about responding to a child’s head injury. 

SIGNS VS. SYMPTOMS: SIGNS

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SIGNS VS. SYMPTOMS: SYMPTOMS

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Signs and Symptoms

What parents need to know about concussions is that often kids won’t reveal an injury that may have caused a concussion. Under-reporting by athletes is common, making timely assessments and responding to a child’s head injury difficult. Your child may not want to report symptoms out of fear of being pulled from play, having their commitment to the team questioned, or being labeled “weak.” Athletes may downplay symptoms, placing their brain health at risk. That’s why parents, trainers, and coaches must be vigilant for warning signs of a concussion.

Common signs and symptoms of a concussion include:

  • appearing dazed or stunned
  • forgetting instructions, or being confused by an assignment or position
  • being unsure of the game or score
  • inability to recall events prior to, or after, a hit or fall
  • headache or feeling of pressure inside head
  • dizziness
  • nausea or vomiting
  • feeling sluggish, hazy, or groggy
  • sensitivity to light and sound
  • balance problems
  • fatigue
  • sleeping more or less than normal
  • memory problems
  • difficulty concentrating
  • mood swings

A common misconception is that concussion sufferers are likely to be “knocked out” by the immediate injury or impact. In fact, roughly 90% of concussions do not result in a loss of consciousness. Furthermore, loss of consciousness is not required for an injury to be considered serious.

When a Concussion is Suspected

If you suspect your child has a concussion, you need to contact your family physician or sports medicine clinic and ask if they are part of a Sports Concussion Alliance. If so, they will direct you to the correct provider for evaluation.

Responding to a child’s head injury shouldn’t be done in isolation. Keep your child out of further sports participation until a health care professional experienced in evaluating for concussion says that he is symptom-free and it’s okay to return to play

ImPACT Testing for Concussion

A very important part of a concussion program is “ImPACT” (Immediate Post-concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing). This computer based evaluation typically takes 25-30 minutes and measures verbal memory, visual memory, and reaction time.

It is highly recommended that baseline ImPACT testing for athletes begin at age 10. By establishing a baseline for pre-concussion cognitive function, tests performed after an injury can be compared to earlier results to help determine if an athlete suffered a concussion. ImPACT scores may also help determine when an athlete is ready to return to normal activities.

What parents need to know about concussions is that even with ImPACT testing, concussions cannot be so easily diagnosed or dismissed. Many parents think ImPACT testing is a pass/fail test, that it can tell us with certainty whether or not the athlete had a concussion, or whether or not they have completely recovered. This is not the case. Although it is often a helpful and important part of the puzzle, it is only one of the pieces of information physicians use. Physicians also use symptoms, physical exams, and parental observations to help determine whether concussion has occurred and when the athlete is fully recovered.

You should also know that a CT or a MRI scan is usually not done simply because a concussion may have occurred. A concussion is a functional or cellular level injury. It is not a structural or anatomic abnormality that these scans can detect. An athlete with a concussion will typically have a normal brain scan

Responding to a Child's Head Injury If Things Get Worse

Furthermore, what parents need to know about concussions is that if problems occur, they will do so in the first 48 to 72 hours after a concussion. You should not leave your child alone during this time. However, you do not need to wake her up periodically.

Rest is critical in the recovery. If your level of concern causes you to wake her up, then the child needs to go to the emergency room for evaluation.

Likewise, if you notice any of the following, your child needs to be evaluated in the emergency room:

  • Worsening mental status or behavior
  • Signs or symptoms getting worse, not better, despite rest
  • Headache intensifies despite rest
  • Patient begins to vomit or has repeated vomiting
  • Dizziness worsens
  • Double vision
  • Excessive drowsiness or has difficulty rousing
  • Can’t recognize people or places
  • Confusion continues or worsens
  • Seizures
  • Weakness or numbness in arms or legs
  • Becomes unsteady on the feet

Of course, if a doctor is worried about bleeding within the head and the child has symptoms that would suggest the need to go to the emergency room and that’s when a CT or MRI scan would be done.

What Parents Need to Know About Concussions and Treatment

If your child’s health care team determines that your child has likely had a concussion, treatment will begin.

  1. Responding to a child’s head injury that has resulted in a concussion begins with physical and cognitive rest (no testing, serious brain work) – especially the first 48-72 hrs.
  2. If non-worsening symptoms continue, staying home from school is recommended – maybe 1-3 days.
  3. Avoid any activity that makes symptoms worse.
  4. Avoid strenuous activity until follow-up evaluations are completed by a physician
  5. No sports, gym, or weightlifting until medically cleared by a physician trained in treating concussions. However, new data show that after 48-72 hours, light exercise (bike or treadmill) for 25 minutes a day, monitoring for symptoms, can aid recovery.
  6. Minimize use of technologies such as texting, cell phones, video games, computers or excessive television, especially if they aggravate symptoms.
  7. No alcohol (many cough syrups contain alcohol—check the bottle).
  8. No sleeping tablets.
  9. Do not use NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen, naproxen, or aspirin for the first few days. These medicines thin the blood and if bleeding is occurring inside the brain or skull, this could worsen the problem and result in further injury or damage to the brain.
  10. Tylenol can be taken as directed.
  11. No driving.
  12. Return to school gradually (Return to Learn). Generally it’s recommended that the athlete not return to sports until they are completely caught up with their schoolwork.

Returning to School

Your child’s health care provider can provide written instructions on helping your child get back to school. You can give the instructions to your child’s school nurse and teacher(s) and return-to-play instructions to the coach and athletic trainer. What parents need to know about concussions is that most will feel better within a couple of weeks.  Others, however, will have symptoms for months or longer.

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When Can a Child Return to Sports?

The following guidelines are used to help your concussion alliance team determine when it is safe for your child to return to athletics:

  • Absence of symptoms
  • Normal physical exam
  • Normal neuro-cognitive testing
  • Guided activity progression

This last item describes a return to activities, including sports, that is supervised by a physician, PA, or NP. This reengagement is based on improvement of signs and symptoms.

You may be naturally wary about your child returning to sports, especially the sport in which she experienced the injury. This is something you should talk about with your child. You should also talk with her doctor to address any other concerns.

Make sure to speak with your child’s coaches. While some sports are riskier than others and coaches can’t guarantee that a concussion won’t happen again, ask if the coaches have any plans to minimize the likelihood of subsequent head injuries.

What About Repeat Concussions?

It’s been shown that athletes who return to sports before complete recovery are more susceptible to additional concussions, even with a much lighter trauma. Likewise, athletes who have suffered from a severe concussion, or multiple concussions, can become more susceptible to another concussion.

Concussions that occur while the brain is still healing from a previous one can be very serious and can affect a child or teen for a lifetime. In extreme cases, the damage can be fatal. That’s why it is crucial that your child make a complete recovery before returning to athletic activities that could pose further concussion risk.

A second impact or injury which occurs before the brain has a chance to heal can lead to “second impact syndrome” or what is called “post-concussion syndrome.” PCS can worsen and will typically occur in its most severe form after a series of concussions.

Indicators of PCS

There are symptoms that could develop months later and result in:

  • impulsive behavior
  • easy frustration
  • impaired social development
  • unpleasant personality changes
  • loss of job focus
  • loss of ability to perform in school.

Some parents may think, “This list could describe a child going through puberty, an adolescent in rebellion, or a middle schooler!” Fortunately you’re in the best position to know what’s normal for your child and to recognize abnormal behavior patterns.

What Parents Need to Know About Concussions: Long-Term Consequences:

It can be difficult to determine if any permanent damage has occurred after a child’s head injury has resulted in a single concussion. A physical exam that indicates no problems and normal ImPACT testing would suggest that damage is not permanent.

However, it is possible that lasting damage can occur from a single severe concussion, or from multiple concussions, so parents, coaches, and trainers should always take head injuries seriously

Getting a Concussion Program in Place

In order for your child to benefit from a concussion program, preliminary work has to be performed. This type of program just doesn’t happen without input of interested physicians, therapists, school administrators, athletic directors and parents.  A concussion team should be established and functioning in your school program before head injuries occur so that appropriate referrals and communication between parents, school and health care providers can occur. Also, the appropriate baseline testing can be offered to your child. If you’re not sure whether your child’s school has a concussion program, talk with the athletic director, coaches, or school administration.

Wisdom From the Bible

The Bible says that…“Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you” (Proverbs 2:11). Of course the writer wasn’t talking about preventing sports injuries, but his insight applies to all things. Directing wisdom and knowledge toward the situations we face in life, and sports, can only help us. One way to apply wisdom and knowledge to help reduce the likelihood of a child’s head injury resulting in a concussion is to play by the rules, use proper technique, and wear the right gear.

Unfortunately, there is no way to guarantee that concussion will not occur in sports, even when the best advice is followed. In those times, we have the privilege of taking our problems to the Lord: “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you” (1 Peter 5:7, NLT). We need to bring our concerns to Him in prayer, trusting that “He will lead our paths” as we navigate the diagnosis and treatment of our child’s concussion

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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,

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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

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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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