Emotions

Angry young boy

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Do Your Kids Know How to Handle Their Emotions?

Sissy Goff

The emotional health of children in our culture may be declining. Here’s what parents can do.

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Sad, bored elementay schoolboy

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Do Your Children Suffer From Depression?

Don Morgan

Kids don’t face the same pressures as adults, but the reality is that children can suffer from depression and its effects every bit as much as grown-ups. Keep in mind, however, that children may manifest different symptoms than adults.

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Illustration of a silhouetted dad and daughter who is pointing toward a silhouetted airliner flying overhead.

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Mass Violence

We can’t shield our kids from hearing about unsettling news reports, mass shootings and violence against innocents. Here's how to start the conversation with them:

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A mom comforts a teen girl, who has her face in her hands.

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Talking to Kids About Mass Violence

Marie Isom

We can’t shield our kids from hearing about mass shootings and violence against innocents. But how should you talk to them?

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A teen is resting on a rock in nature, looking into the sky and contemplating.

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Your Kids Can Avoid Negative Thinking Traps

Todd Cartmell

Dwelling on truth will help your child make wiser choices and discover better solutions to the challenges she faces.

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Illustration of an adolescent boy playing an electric guitar

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Middle Schoolers: Let Them Push...But Don't Let Go

Paul Asay

Give older middle schoolers what they need, not necessarily what they think they want.

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Boy underwater, wearing eye goggles and smiling

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Taming the Backyard Shark

Dave Meurer

A father helps his child overcome his irrational fears, one step at a time. 

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A shy tween boy peaks between his fingers that are held over his face

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Are You Paying the Right Kinds of Attention to Your Children?

Danny Huerta, MSW, LCSW, LSSW

Becoming more aware of each child's personality and temperament can help you parent more effectively.

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Mother and daughter visiting a grave

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Guiding Your Child Through Grief

Ashleigh Slater

Helping young children process grief is a challenging, but beautiful privilege.

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Helping Kids Process News Reports of Violence

Danny Huerta, MSW, LCSW, LSSW

In today's culture, families are surrounded by accounts of shootings, bombings and mass killings. Equip children with the necessary facts to process these tragic events for a larger understanding and to ease their fears.

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Two teens in the back of a car looking at a phone together and laughing

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What Sadie Robertson Got Right

Danny Huerta, MSW, LCSW, LSSW

Duck Dynasty's Sadie Robertson encourages teens to take five seconds before making decisions that could change their lives . . . and she got it right. Here's why.

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Childhood Fears

Your child may need your help to overcome her childhood fears.

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Illustration of a boy running scared from a dark basement

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Irrational Childhood Fears

Danny Huerta, MSW, LCSW, LSSW

Teach kids to discern rational fear from fear of  imagined scary things.

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Illustration of four teen girls dresed for prom. One is identified by a sash that says ugly. School building in background.

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Help Your Kids Deal With Rejection

Lysa TerKeurst

Does your heart ache when your children are rejected by others? Read about four perspectives that can help them work through painful rebuffs.



 

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Two little girls laughing and looking at each while they enjoy an ice cream cone

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How Does Your Child Relate to Others?

Milan Yerkovich and Kay Yerkovich

By understanding your children's "love style," you can help your kids develop healthy emotional connections with others.

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Illustration of a mother waving farewell to her son who is lifting off in a hot air balloon and looking across the distance with a telescope

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Kids Who Worry

Leslie Ludy

When you help your kids ask the right questions, you give them a tool to overcome worry and grow in empathy.

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Two brothers butting heads with angry facial expressions

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'I'm so Mad!'

Gary Chapman

Helping children develop healthy ways to think through and talk about their anger.

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Two girls running together in the park

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Living Less Lonely

Erin Davis

Help kids see the importance of interacting with people, not just screens, and understand the value of solitude so they can live less lonely as they mature.

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Illustration of monsters and bad guys that a child and mom must face to enter the school

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Helping Kids Face Their Fears

Sherry Surratt

Does your child struggle with fear? Try using these four steps to help your children face and overcome what scares them. 

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Pre-teen girl smiling at the camera, looking at peace

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Helping Kids Accept and Enjoy Who They Are

Laurie Wallin

Do your tweens struggle to understand and appreciate their identity? Help them grow in the confidence of who they are by being their sounding board instead of their boss, as they sort through, discover and learn to appreciate their own unique identity.

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Focus on the Family Commentary

Episode

Redirecting a Child’s Mistakes

How do you respond when your child makes a mistake?  Did you know that your response could be the difference between your child exploring their gifts or hiding from them?

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Focus on the Family Commentary

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Not Defined By Failure

An important way to teach children how to succeed is by teaching them how to fail. Some parents try to help their sons and daughters succeed by rescuing them from failure. But that’s actually harmful.

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Focus on the Family Commentary

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Son Overly Attached to Mother

If you and your husband have a young son, and you’re worried that he’s a bit *too attached* to mom, today’s thoughts are for you. You’ll be happy to know that, for most boys, this is just a phase.

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Focus on the Family Commentary

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Shy Children 2

Yesterday, we discussed the shy child’s personality and their need for understanding. Today, let’s talk about how to help your child learn to manage their shyness. With some patience and encouragement, parents can help children develop confidence in social settings.

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