Parenting

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The Very Best Christmas Money Can't Buy

Gary Thomas

When your oldest child is 30, and you ask him or her, “What’s your most treasured Christmas memory?” what do you want to hear?

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Christmas Gift Giving

various authors

Find out how others have taught their children the importance of giving gifts or how they as parents have given gifts to their children.

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Sad teen girl sitting with crossed legs on sofa while her mother comforts her

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3 Things Your Teens Fear the Most

Kevin Leman

What do your teens fear most? It’s different than what you fear for them. Dr. Kevin Leman discusses three things you may not realize your teens fear and what they need from you so they can stop being afraid.

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Family Opening Gifts For Christmas

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Have the Christmas You Really Want

Alexandra Kuykendall

How to make the most of the season by doing a little less

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In the Small and Ordinary

Ann Voskamp

Catch glimpses of the miraculous in unexpected places.

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Rethinking Christmas Wish Lists

Jill Savage

Help your teen move from receiving to giving — using these six simple strategies.

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The cover and a page from the advent calendar "Knowing Him by Name."

Initiative

Knowing Him by Name Advent Devotional Calendar

Download our free, “Knowing Him by Name” PDF to count down to Christmas Day as a family. In it, you will get Scripture readings and devotions. If there is time, enjoy optional activities that you can do with your children to learn more about Jesus. 

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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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Agents of Truth

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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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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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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