Parenting

A dad and son walk together in the park.

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A Father's Presence: One of the Most Powerful Expressions of Love

Joe Battaglia

Joe Battaglia explains what it means to have a father present in the lives of teens.

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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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A group of 10 teens sitting around a picnic table and smiling

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Dating in a Digital World

Ginger Kolbaba

Help teens choose what works today without compromising what has worked in the past.

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3 Practical Principles for Disciplining With Grace

Karis Kimmel Murray

Seeking to parent our children the way God parents us can dramatically change the atmosphere of our home.

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A mom praying with her teen son

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How to Be an Active, Gospel-Centered Mom

Brooke McGlothlin

Helping our children experience the power of the Gospel begins with us living it out in our own lives.

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Trusting God and Not a Parenting Formula

Juli Slattery

Resist the formula approach to mothering and be flexible as a parent.

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reflective teen on park bench

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Wrestling with Big Decisions

John Ortberg

Teens shouldn’t fret when there’s no “burning-bush” answer to their life questions.

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Teen boy leaning out of a moving van, waving good bye to a group of friends

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When Your Teen Doesn't Want to Move

Susan Miller

Easing your teen's fears and frustrations as you transition to a new home

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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

Daniel P. Huerta

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

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teenage girl making the bed

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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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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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Illustration of a mom adamantly pointing over the head of her son in a commanding style. Boy's arms are crossed in resistance.

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Strong-Willed Women Mothering Strong-Willed Children

Cynthia Tobias

One of our top 25 most-viewed parenting articles: "Strong-Willed Women Mothering Strong-Willed Children." It can be tough to parent a younger version of yourself. But you also have a definite advantage — you know what it’s like to be a strong-willed child. 

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Planting Seeds of Biblical Truth Devotions

Focus on the Family Magazine

A much-loved download for busy parents: Get 52 weeks of family devotions free — faith-affirming biblical principles that will help you encourage your children to build lasting, thriving faith in God.

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