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Welcome to Thriving Student, a brand new podcast series from Focus on the Family, designed to help parents give their children what they’ll need to thrive during this school year. Join John Fuller, Danny Huerta and featured guests as they cover a wide range of topics to make this school year successful in and out of the classroom.

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Episode 1: Your Child’s Emotional Health

School violence and bullying are tragically affecting many schools today. Join us as Dr. Kevin Leman and Nancy Rue address these topics, and how you can offer your child hope and emotional support in the midst of traumatic events.

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teacher and classroom

Episode 2: Learning Styles

Every child has different learning styles, and methods of completing their homework. Today, Dr. Kathy Koch and Cynthia Tobias discuss how to encourage your child’s learning style, and how doing so applies to getting homework completed.

Episode 3: Social Environment at School

The social environment at school can be amazing, but it can also be complicated. Dr. Kathy Koch joins us to talk about how to not rely on technology for your social fulfillment, while Mary Flo Ridley explains how you can have healthy conversations with your children about sexuality.

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Kids playing soccer

Episode 4: Physical Health

The school year is busy, and it can feel taxing physically. Join us as we hear from Dr. Paul Reisser and Dr. Arch Hart as they offer practical advice for how your children can take care of themselves during the busy school year.

Episode 5: Spiritual Health

Many parents feel overwhelmed with the task of leading their kids spiritually. Today, Dr. Tony Evans, Erin MacPherson and Ellen Schuknecht explain how you can lead your child spiritually, and you can influence them to follow Christ in school.

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Episode 6: Spiritual Personalities

Your child’s personality was designed by God. Join John Fuller and Danny Huerta as they explore seven different personality types and how each one can connect with God in special ways.

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Best Year Ever! 5 Things Your Child Needs for a Successful Year

In these short insightful videos you’ll learn about:

  • Helping Kids Connect with God
  • Raising Emotionally Healthy Kids
  • Connecting with Your Pediatrician
  • Building Sexual Intelligence
  • Safe Social Connections

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Do your kids need a brain boost before heading back to school? In this digital guide, you can connect with your child and help give them a successful school year with engaging activities and insightful articles.
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Resources From This Series

Cover image of Dr. Kathy Koch's book "8 Great Smarts"

8 Great Smarts

Way They Learn book

The Way They Learn

Screens and Teens

Raising Kingdom Kids

Raising Kingdom Kids

Busy Mom's Guide to Family Nutrition (Digital)

When Your Kid is Hurting

When Your Kid Is Hurting