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HOW TO CONNECT WITH YOUNG TEENS

October 22, 2021

Connecting with young teens can be challenging but time spent with them will be rewarding for both parents and kids

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PARENTING A CHILD WITH OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER

October 19, 2021

Do you have any advice for handling an elementary school age child whose life is dominated by senseless little rituals? It’s become clear to us that our daughter’s behavior is consistently obsessive-compulsive in nature. For example, she won’t go to bed before checking the front door at least ten times to make sure that it’s locked. She’s anxious and worried all the time, and it’s starting to drive me crazy! Any thoughts or suggestions?

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HELPING YOUR TEEN DEAL WITH ANXIETY

October 13, 2021

When the internal and external voices whisper the lies You’re insignificant, You’re not enough and You don’t measure up, we want our children to know, deep in their souls, that the only One who gets to define them is the One who created them and calls them beloved.

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PERFECT ISN’T THE POINT

October 12, 2021

Perfectionism isn’t healthy for us or our relationships. It feeds discontent. It fosters judgment. So, how do we get out from under the pressure of perfectionism? It all starts with grace.

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SURVIVING UNEMPLOYMENT IN MARRIAGE

October 11, 2021

How can my spouse and I survive my recent job loss? Without my income I can’t see how we’re going to make ends meet. What will we do if I can’t find another employment opportunity?

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TALKING TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS: WHEN MENTAL ILLNESS HITS HOME

October 11, 2021

What happens when the person grappling with mental illness is someone within the walls of your own home? And what are some of the signs?

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SIX WAYS TO BUILD YOUR TEEN’S IDENTITY

October 11, 2021

Try these strategies to counteract culture by helping your teen develop a strong, positive identity.

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REBUILDING THEIR FAMILY — AN UNEXPECTED PROPOSAL

October 8, 2021

After two kids and 25 years of marriage, Mike told his family he was leaving. They all thought it was forever

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MOTIVATING KIDS TO STAY ACTIVE AND FIT

October 7, 2021

What can we do to encourage our school-age son to get away from the television and computer screen and spend more time playing outdoors? We’re getting worried about his health and fitness, and we’d like to know how we can motivate him to become more active. So far all of our “nagging” hasn’t helped a bit. Can you suggest a more effective strategy?

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TWEEN AND TEEN DEVELOPMENT

October 7, 2021

Tweens and teens experience many physical and emotional changes that can be confusing for parents. Dr. Meg Meeker explains those changes and offers tips for parents to respond effectively so their sons and daughters can thrive during their teenage years.

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LOVING YOUR TEEN THROUGH LIFE’S SEASONS

October 7, 2021

Recognizing your teen’s seasons of life and how to support them

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GOD’S LOVE

October 7, 2021

Children best grasp the reality of God’s love when they experience it at home.

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FAITH GROWS IN HARD PLACES — EVEN FOR KIDS

October 7, 2021

Help kids see that God works through pain and suffering in their and other people’s lives.

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LIVING IN A BROKEN WORLD

October 6, 2021

Do you know how to reassure your kids when they doubt God’s goodness because of all the bad things happening in the world?

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CYBER BULLYING

October 6, 2021

Bullies can be difficult to identify, and it’s getting harder all the time.

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FIND HOPE IN RAISING A CHILD WITH DISABILITIES

October 6, 2021

Dr. Tyler Sexton speaks from experience. As a child born with cerebral palsy, he overcame incredible odds to become a medical doctor. Now he treats kids with special needs. Here’s his encouragement for parents.

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WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR CHILD WITH DISABILITIES IS BULLIED

October 6, 2021

Dr. Tyler Sexton, a physician who has cerebral palsy, discusses the link between disabilities and bullying, and explains how parents can strengthen a disabled child before bullying occurs, recognize if their disabled child is being bullied, and respond to the child and others in a healthy and Christ-like way.

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HOW TO RESPOND WHEN YOUR KIDS ARE BULLIED

October 6, 2021

Parents can help their kids break out of the bullying cycle.

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CORRECTING YOUR PRESCHOOL CHILD’S BULLYING BEHAVIOR

October 6, 2021

How can we stop our preschooler from bullying other kids? Our 4-year-old is a bright and loving child, but he’s also quite strong willed. His teachers have already talked to us several times about his uncooperative behavior — interrupting, ignoring instructions, etc. But now something more serious has happened. He recently pushed one student to the ground and hit two others. His only explanation was that these boys weren’t his friends and weren’t doing what he wanted! We don’t allow this kind of behavior at home, but how can we make sure that he’ll follow our instructions when Mom and Dad are not around?

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MEAN KIDS

October 6, 2021

Equip your kids to take a stand against bullying!

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JENNIFER’S RECOVERY FROM EMOTIONAL ABUSE

September 28, 2021

Read one woman’s story of emotional abuse and its effect on her life. Learn how the love of God brought hope and healing.

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WHEN TEENS LOSE HOPE

September 28, 2021

If your teens seem depressed or hopeless and you worry that their actions may lead to self-harm, here are some ideas for bringing hope into their situation.

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DO YOUR TEENS KNOW THAT GRACE IS ENOUGH?

September 28, 2021

Do good, and you’ll be OK. Do more, and you’ll be saved. That’s what many teens think, but it’s not what God wants them to know.

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“QUALITY TIME” VS. “QUANTITY TIME” IN PARENTING

September 27, 2021

Is the quality of time I spend with my family more important than the quantity?

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WHAT CHILDREN EXPERIENCE (AND HOW TO HELP)

September 27, 2021

What your child needs from you in order to heal after divorce.

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MOVING FORWARD: DEALING WITH GRIEF

September 23, 2021

Over time, the intensity of your grief will likely subside, but do not rush the grieving process.

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HOW TO ENGAGE A TEEN WRESTLING WITH FAITH

September 20, 2021

Has your teen decided to “give up the faith”? Get insight into how parents can engage with their prodigals.

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LOVING: IT ALL BEGINS WITH GOD

September 20, 2021

Can you imagine the freedom that would come to our hearts from having full confidence in the love of Christ? Would it help us love better?

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HOW COULD DIVORCE AFFECT MY KIDS?

September 20, 2021

We now have an enormous amount of research on divorce and children, all pointing to the same stubborn truth: Kids suffer when moms and dads split up.

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LIVING WITH HEALTHY GRIEF

September 20, 2021

Learn how to deal with the grief that comes from the death of a loved one or from divorce. It includes the stages of grief and provides teens with ideas on how to walk through the process of grief after a loss.

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BUILDING FAMILY IDENTITY

September 17, 2021

Families who nurture shared time, traditions and values create a sense of belonging that helps kids thrive.

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GOD MADE IT ALL

September 14, 2021

Learn how to teach kids about God’s creation and offer examples for intelligent design.

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INSTILLING MORAL VALUES IN CHILDREN

September 14, 2021

What’s the best way to teach young children the difference between right and wrong, good and evil, and appropriate and inappropriate behavior? We understand the importance of early spiritual training, and we’ve been praying with our child and reading her Bible stories ever since she was old enough to listen and understand. But the challenge of instilling practical moral values seems more difficult. How would you approach this with a child in the elementary grades?

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GET YOUR KIDS TO TALK TO YOU

September 9, 2021

Develop a conversational approach to parenting.

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BEDTIME RITUALS

September 9, 2021

Is bedtime a problem at your home? Here are a few suggestions for creating a better bedtime routine.

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4 EASY WAYS TO IMPROVE THE WAY YOU DISCIPLINE

September 8, 2021

As you correct your kids in their behavior, they need to hear four messages that affirm them and show them of your love and care.

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GOT SELF-CONTROL?

September 8, 2021

Once children understand the need for self-control, it’s easier to train them in this fruit of the spirit.

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GRACE DOESN’T JUST HAPPEN

September 7, 2021

Consider these four freedoms that parents should extend to their children.

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DO YOUR KIDS KNOW HOW TO HANDLE THEIR EMOTIONS?

September 7, 2021

The emotional health of children in our culture may be declining. Here’s what you can do for your kids.

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CONTROL VERSUS RESPONSIBILITY

September 7, 2021

Understanding the differences between control, responsibility and liability — and how those nudge parents to try controlling teens.

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RAISING CHILDREN ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM

September 5, 2021

Parenting kids with a variety of special needs is certainly challenging, yet Katie Lundquist has found ways to work with all of them – including those on the autism spectrum. Most of all, she’s learned to be a student of each one of her children.

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HELP YOUR KIDS DISCOVER WHAT THEY’RE GOOD AT

September 3, 2021

Children need to discover an ability or a skill they can be good at and achieve competence. And it’s our job as parents to help them find it.

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RAISING HEALTHY, RESILIENT KIDS

September 3, 2021

Unconditional love coupled with positive discipline is helpful for raising healthy resilient kids.

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PUNISHMENT VERSUS DISCIPLINE

September 3, 2021

An effective parent has to learn the difference between punishment and discipline.

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HOW TO HELP YOUR FAMILY GET BETTER SLEEP: 10 STEPS

August 31, 2021

Good sleep is essential to maintaining physical, emotional, spiritual and social health. Unfortunately, many people are seriously sleep deprived. Dr. Meg Meeker discusses the benefits of getting good sleep and some of the potential problems parents and kids may experience if they don’t get enough rest at night.

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HELP YOUR CHILD EAT HEALTHY

August 31, 2021

Help your kids want to eat better so they’ll be prepared for a successful day.

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PARENTING WITH INTENTIONALITY

August 31, 2021

Intentionality in parenting means making a purposeful decision to spend time connecting with your kids. Read how intentionality is one of the seven traits for effective parenting.

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DOES PARENTING MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

August 31, 2021

At some point, most parent wonders if they’re making a difference in their kids’ lives.

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10 WAYS YOUR MARRIAGE CAN SURVIVE THE CORONAVIRUS QUARANTINE

August 30, 2021

These weeks haven’t been easy. But there are things you can do to lower the stress level and find peace during the coronavirus quarantine.

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ANXIOUSNESS AND ANXIETY DISORDERS

August 26, 2021

We all worry to some extent from time to time. Some of us, though, find our lives disrupted by fear and anxiety.

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EVALUATING A POSSIBLE DIAGNOSIS OF ADHD

August 25, 2021

How can I tell if my child really has ADHD? She is struggling in school, and her teacher has told us that she exhibits some of the symptoms of ADHD. I have serious concerns about the over-diagnosis of this condition and the over-medication of many kids today. Do you think I should take the teacher’s observations seriously?

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LESS SCREAM TIME

August 24, 2021

Help young child understand how to work through their emotions instead of screaming or throwing tantrums.

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THE BASICS OF ATTACHMENT AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT

August 23, 2021

This article explains the difference between bonding and attachment, how attachment relates to forming healthy relationships, and what parents can do to foster secure attachment for healthy growth and development.

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CAN YOUR KIDS BRING THEIR FAITH TO SCHOOL?

August 17, 2021

Did you know the majority of students in New Zealand spend at least six hours per day in school? That’s a lot of time, and it presents a unique challenge to Christian students who spend that time in an environment that’s completely different than—or even contradicts—what they learn at home and at church.

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SACRIFICIAL, AGAPE LOVE IN MARRIAGE

August 16, 2021

“Love” can be defined in many ways. Christ’s love for us is an unconditional love, and this is the love we are to seek in marriage.

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THE GRIEF OF INFERTILITY

August 13, 2021

Grief is a real part of infertility. It may be heightened in miscarriages or stillbirths, but it is just as real when a couple cannot conceive.

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THE VALUE OF CHRISTIAN FRIENDS

August 11, 2021

Teens tend to attract friends who share similar values, and you can encourage them to do so.

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HOW DO YOU RESPOND TO YOUR CHILD’S SUSPECTED PORN USE?

August 10, 2021

There have been countless times I’ve had to respond to a parent’s pleas for help after they have just discovered their child has viewed pornography.

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HUMILITY MAKES A DIFFERENCE IN MARITAL CONFLICT

August 6, 2021

Pride leads to conflict in marriage, so what are you doing to nurture humility in your own heart?

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FOUR WAYS COUPLES CAN WAKE UP FROM FEELING STUCK IN MARRIAGE

August 4, 2021

Consider the following four ways to “wake up” and start moving toward healing if you feel stuck in your marriage, like a repeating bad dream.

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IS ABORTION OKAY AFTER RAPE?

August 2, 2021

Misplaced compassion can be as dangerous as outright antagonism. Let’s break down a few of the myths and misconceptions surrounding this delicate topic of abortion after rape.

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4 STEPS TO TEACHING YOUR CHILD EMOTIONAL CONTROL

July 28, 2021

With your guidance and practice, your kids can learn to control their emotions. Here are four steps for helping your children regain the upper hand when intense emotions threaten to spiral out of control.

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LISTENING IS THE FIRST STEP TO CONFLICT RESOLUTION IN L.U.V.E.

July 27, 2021

True listening requires you to be fully present — clearly and intentionally focused on your spouse. Intent focus shows that your whole heart, soul, mind and body are present.

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TAKING THE ‘I’ OUT OF MARRIAGE

July 26, 2021

Selflessness is not a marriage strategy but a heart transformation in Christ.

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15 TIPS FOR TAKING CARE OF A NEWBORN BABY

July 23, 2021

Find great tips about the care and well-being of newborns from moms and dads who have been in your shoes.

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HOW TO HELP YOUR PARENTS AND KIDS BETTER CONNECT

July 22, 2021

Foster a strong relationship between your children and their grandparents by creating opportunities for them to interact

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CAN SUMMER VACATIONS FIX MARRIAGE PROBLEMS?

July 21, 2021

Thinking that summertime fun will fix your marriage problems is unrealistic. But you can use the optimism of the season to improve your relationship.

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THE DISCIPLINE CHECKUP

July 19, 2021

Bill explained that discipline comes from the root word disciple and means “to teach or to coach.” It means teaching appropriate and biblical thinking and behavior.

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WHY PARENTS WANT TO CONTROL THEIR TEENS

July 16, 2021

If whitewater rafting were just a matter of floating downstream, it wouldn’t be much of an adventure. So it is with the journey to adulthood. Just as every interesting river contains rocks and waterfalls and “strainers” that threaten to trap you underwater, the path you and your teen are trying to navigate includes some hefty obstacles.

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6 WAYS TO HELP YOUR HIGHLY SENSITIVE CHILD THRIVE

July 15, 2021

Parenting sensitive children is a tremendous privilege and responsibility. Here are six ways that we can help our highly sensitive child thrive through our parenting.

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TEN SECRETS TO A SUCCESSFUL MARRIAGE

July 12, 2021

A successful marriage is possible! Here are 10 principles that will help you create and maintain a successful marriage.

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WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF INTIMACY?

July 1, 2021

What is intimacy? What is the definition of intimacy? Sometimes people will do just about anything to get close to someone they find interesting, intriguing or just plain irresistible. Is that being intimate?

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CONVERSATION AND CHILDHOOD BRAIN DEVELOPMENT

June 30, 2021

Here are 5 ways to help you create an environment of healthy dialogue with your kids.

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LIVING TOGETHER BUT NOT MARRIED? CONSIDER THE POWER OF THE VOW

June 28, 2021

My marriage vow kept me from making a grave mistake. Without it, I would have lost a lifetime of love. This special promise is powerful — and we need it for many reasons. If you’re living together but you’re not married yet, consider the power of the vow.

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WHAT IS HOMESCHOOLING AND IS IT RIGHT FOR ME?

June 23, 2021

Let’s be honest: Homeschooling isn’t for everyone. Here is a look at what homeschooling is, and several ways to determine if it’s best for your family.

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A BIG WEDDING DAY, A BIG HOUSE OR A MARRIAGE THAT LASTS A LIFETIME?

June 22, 2021

Should couples invest the most resources in a dream wedding day, a dream house or a dream relationship — one that lasts for a lifetime?

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A SINGLE DAD: UNPLUGGED

June 16, 2021

Read about one man’s decision to put his kids first.

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A SON’S LETTER TO HIS FATHER WHO CHOSE LIFE.

June 15, 2021

My dad is a man that is willing to leave the 99 for the 1. He is willing to fight for his family, even when it’s inconvenient.

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SELF-CARE FOR MUMS IS ESSENTIAL

June 14, 2021

Mums, are you busy, stressed, and tired? Take the self-care assessment below to learn what areas of self-care for mums you can strengthen.

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MAKING PERSONAL TIME FOR GOD AFTER MARRIAGE

May 19, 2021

When I was single, I was deeply aware of my need for God. He was the only other Person in my apartment to talk to on quiet evenings. He was the one who gave me peace when I was scared and loved me no matter what. And while those things were still true after I got married, suddenly it was a lot harder to make time for God.

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3 WAYS TO HELP YOUR CHILD DEAL WITH PEER PRESSURE

April 7, 2021

Peer pressure is real. Help your kids spot peer pressure, gain tools to deal with it, and be strong enough to deal with someone’s reaction to hearing “no.”

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LOGGING OFF TO FOCUS ON YOUR REAL-LIFE RELATIONSHIPS

April 7, 2021

Author Wendy Speake describes how she grew closer to her spouse, her children, and God when she took a 40-day break from social media. She encourages listeners to consider how their own relationships would benefit from limiting their media consumption.
With a background in Hollywood as a trained actress, Wendy Speake ministers to women as a bible teacher by applying the power of drama, poetry and comedy to the study of Scripture and real-life application of biblical truths. She has co-authored two books with Amber Lia titled Triggers: Exchanging Parents’ Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses and their latest, Parenting Scripts: When What You’re Saying Isn’t Working, Say Something New. Wendy is also the co-author (with Kelli Stuart) of Life Creative: Inspiration for Today’s Renaissance Mom. Wendy and her husband, Matt, have three sons and reside in southern California. Learn more about Wendy at her website, wendyspeake.com.

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GRIEF AND LOSS: KNOWING WHEN KIDS NEED TO TALK

April 7, 2021

Take the time to help your children process worry, grief and loss

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HOW TO HELP A FRIEND WHO WANTS AN ABORTION

April 7, 2021

What can you do to help guide your friend away from abortion and toward choosing life for her baby? More than you might think.

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LOSING A CHILD LED TO THE HARDEST YEAR OF OUR MARRIAGE

March 15, 2021

My husband, Russ, and I are the parents of 12 kids through birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care.

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DOWN SYNDROME: WHAT THE DOCTORS DIDN’T TELL US

March 15, 2021

The moment the doctor told my husband and I that he suspected our daughter had Down syndrome, I instantly felt all of our dreams shatter.

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DISCIPLINING AS A SINGLE PARENT

March 15, 2021

Take a level-headed approach to leading your family.

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CARING FOR SINGLE MOMS + PREGNANT WOMEN DURING A PANDEMIC

March 15, 2021

 

 

We can help single moms during this pandemic, offering hope and love in word and deed. Together, we can ensure no single mom walks alone.

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HOW CONTENT ARE YOU AS A SINGLE?

March 15, 2021

 

 

If you experienced a low level of contentment as a single, expecting marriage to propel you to marital bliss probably won’t happen.

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SINGLE DOESN’T MEAN ALONE

March 15, 2021

 

 

As a single parent, resist the urge to retreat from healthy relationships.

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WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT FAITH

March 15, 2021

Dispel three myths about faith that your children might believe and help them understand what faith is and the nature of this gift that comes from God.

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WHAT IS FAITH?

March 15, 2021

Help kids understand what faith — a God-given gift — really is!

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DOES A NEGATIVE BODY IMAGE AFFECT YOUR MARRIAGE?

March 15, 2021

 

 

A negative body image could mean that you see your body through a negative lens, feeling ashamed, anxious or self-conscious. This can have a profound impact on your confidence level and marriage relationship.

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WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT ABORTION?

March 5, 2021

While current culture is divided on the abortion issue, we search the scriptures and ask ourselves, “What does the Bible say about abortion?”

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6 WAYS TO DEVELOP SELF-CONFIDENCE AND POSITIVE SELF-IMAGE IN CHILDREN

March 5, 2021

 

 

These six steps can help you to build self-confidence and a positive self-image in your children.

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INTIMACY — A PERFECT 10 MARRIAGE MEDITATION

March 5, 2021

 

 

Intimacy is a lifelong invitation to let your spouse get to know the “real you” — your hopes, dreams, fears and secrets.

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RECONNECTING WITH YOUR SPOUSE (Part 1 of 2)

March 5, 2021

 

If busyness, exhaustion, and distraction have caused you and your spouse to drift apart, listen in as Dr. Greg Smalley and his wife, Erin, offer practical suggestions for rekindling intimacy in a discussion based on their book Reconnected: Moving From Roomates to Soulmates in Your Marriage. (Part 1 of 2)

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CULTIVATING A HEALTHY LIFE AS A SINGLE (Part 1 of 2)

March 4, 2021

 

Dr. Tony Evans and Lisa Anderson describe how single adults can live full and complete lives. (Part 1 of 2)

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CULTIVATING A HEALTHY LIFE AS A SINGLE (part 2 of 2)

March 4, 2021

 

Dr. Tony Evans and Lisa Anderson describe how single adults can live full and complete lives. (Part 2 of 2)

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