Parenting

Helping to Care for Grandkids?

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Helping to Care for Grandkids?

Joannie DeBrito, Ph.D., LCSW, LMFT

A little preparation goes away.

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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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Mom and child smiling at each other, developing emotional intimacy

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Develop Emotional Intimacy With Your Kids

Randy Wilson

The emotional side of relationships don't just happen. Here's how to be intentional about building a closer connection with your family.

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Parenting a Child Affected by a Traumatic Incident

Joannie DeBrito, Ph.D., LCSW, LMFT

I was a first responder lending mental health support to kids rescued from Columbine High School. So when I hear of the latest school shooting, I feel sickened that another community has to cope with the aftermath.

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An illustration of two teenagers searching for truth in a flower garden. The flowers symbolize good and truth. Two snakes represent lies and evil. A third teen reaches for a scripture book represented by the flower of the plant.

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4 Truths in a Culture of Lies

Jill Savage

Teens need these spiritual insights from their parents, now more than ever.

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How to Parent Your Kids Without Shame

Dr. Kelly Flanagan

Shame may be an effective method for modifying behavior, but it shapes a child in all the wrong ways.

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 A young girl wholly into praying to God

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7 Ways Your Kids Can Connect With God

Christie Thomas

Many Christian parents assume that their way of connecting with God is the way their children should connect with Him. But your child may connect with God very differently than you.

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Son and father

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To Spank or Not to Spank?

Danny Huerta, MSW, LCSW, LSSW

It’s one of the most common parenting questions, especially for young parents. The topic charges emotions and often sparks controversy. The problem is, there’s not an easy answer.

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Initiative

Exploring Big Questions About God.

Whether from classmates, neighbors or the larger culture, our kids often hear difficult questions that pose a challenge to their faith.

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Age-Appropriate Chores: How to Help Kids Be Responsible

Sheila Seifert

Do you know which chores your child can do? You may be surprised at how capable your kids are and what they can do to help out in your family.

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Kid looking sad

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The Opioid Epidemic—Think Your Family Is Immune?

Karl Benzio

Nope. No family is immune, and sadly, teens are one of the fastest growing segments of opioid abusers.

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7 Traits of Effective Parenting Assessment

Good parents aren’t perfect. And that’s okay. There’s no formula to follow, but there are ways you can grow every day. Focus on the Family’s 7 Traits of Effective Parenting Assessment gives parents an honest look at their unique strengths, plus some areas that could use a little help.

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What Pornography Does to Our Children

Danny Huerta, MSW, LCSW, LSSW

We know viewing pornography is wrong, but do we understand just how damaging — literally — it is to our children?

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Healthy Sexuality: Sending the Right Message to Your Kids

Dannah Gresh

Start a healthy and ongoing conversation about your child's sexuality that will continue into the teen years.

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