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What Can You Do to Safeguard Your Teen from Suicide?

Children

Unfortunately, a guarantee doesn’t come with the safeguarding suggestions, but they can help prevent teen suicide.

May 19, 2022

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GUIDING YOUR CHILD THROUGH DISAPPOINTMENT

Children

When life doesn’t go as planned, you can help your child gracefully move past setbacks and embrace the path God provides.

May 16, 2022

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The Secret of Gratitude

Faith

The work of Christ in our lives is just plain bigger than our circumstances

May 16, 2022

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Let Your Kids Fail

Parenting

My son had an ambitious plan. He would drop out of college and focus on his music. All his life, I had urged him to discover what he was created to do and pursue what God had laid on his heart. I just didn’t think it would be this — at least not if it meant skipping college. But music was his passion. College wasn’t. He had made up his mind.

May 16, 2022

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SURVIVING YOUR KIDS’ EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Parenting

Is it a good idea for children to get involved in sports, dance classes, music lessons, and other commitments outside of their school work and household chores? How much of this kind of thing is too much? Can you suggest any practical guidelines?

May 16, 2022

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UNDERSTANDING TEEN CUTTING

Emotional Health

How should I respond to my adolescent daughter’s cutting habit? I only recently discovered that she’s been cutting herself. I’ve tried to let her know much this concerns me. I’ve even requested that she let me “monitor” the situation. But she is very sensitive and perceives this as criticism and lack of trust. I promised I wouldn’t pry anymore, but I did ask her to talk to me whenever she feels compelled to cut herself. Do you think we can work this out between ourselves? Or is that a naive assumption?

May 16, 2022

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3 Steps to Help Your Out of Control Kid

Children

Out of control children want the boundaries and consistency parents can give. With these three steps you can help your wild child.

May 12, 2022

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The ‘Perfect’ Mother’s Day

Parenting

As you sort through your unmet expectations on Mother’s Day, realize that you may play a part in fueling your disappointments.

May 5, 2022

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Is “Gentle Parenting” Really All that Gentle?

Parenting

Within parenting, we must directly face the reality that our children are our responsibility, but at the same time, they are separate from us. As your children grow up, there will be more opportunities for better parenting and better obedience. Because of this, gentle parenting’s popularity is rising. How does this parenting style really play out in practical ways?

May 5, 2022

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Girls with Autism

Children

Autism in females can be diagnosed and supported in young girls and teens. Girls with autism need to be highlighted and understood.

May 4, 2022

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO MY MOM WHO CHOSE LIFE

Life

Time is a funny thing. Sometimes it seems to run, and sometimes it seems to walk, but time is always a thread of moments.

May 2, 2022

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Steadfast Love: The Differences Between Boys and Girls

Children

Knowing how your son or daughter best receives your love and demonstrates it to others will help him or her be secure in the knowledge that he or she is precious in your eyes.

April 28, 2022

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Adaptability as a Parent

Parenting

The ability to adjust and respond with flexibility and optimism is a lifeline to the struggling family. Learn how adaptability is one of the seven traits of effective parenting.

April 23, 2022

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Helping Our Teens Transition to Adulthood

Children

We can’t sacrifice the future that God has for our kids because of our own fears and insecurities. There is a middle, a balance, and a transition. Here are some ways to help your teenager successfully transition into adulthood.

April 12, 2022

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EVERYTHING WILL BE EASIER … AND OTHER MYTHS ABOUT BLENDING YOUR FAMILY

Marriage

When expectations are realistic, a difficult reality becomes a lot less difficult. Overcoming blended-family myths.

April 8, 2022

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Family Estrangement: 6 Ways to Reconcile with Adult Children

Parenting

You can move forward after a rift with your adult children by learning new ways to build trust and respect between you and your child.

April 8, 2022

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The Consequences of Teen Sexting

Parenting

Learning about sexting involving your teenager can seem frightening and overwhelming. Read more to discover some of the dangers surrounding sexting, relevant terminology, and repercussions. Finally, read our advice and guidance on how to appropriately and lovingly discuss this topic with your teenager.

April 7, 2022

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Hope and Help for Parents with a Child with Autism

Children

Caregiving for a child with autism may seem overwhelming. But there is hope and help for parents with a child with autism. This is what I learned when, as a grandmother, I became the primary caregiver for my autistic grandson.

April 5, 2022

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Raising Healthy, Resilient Kids

Parenting

Raising healthy, resilient kids takes time and sensitivity to their needs.  Sometimes, parents need help to be able to understand how to interact with them in a way that encourages resilience.  Take this scenario, for example.

April 4, 2022

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OVERCOMING FOUR FEARS OF PREPARING FOR FATHERHOOD

Marriage

With our wedding only a couple of months away, I was nervous about the idea of getting pregnant quickly into our marriage. To be honest, I didn’t feel ready to be a dad and wasn’t sure how to share this concern with my fiancé.

March 29, 2022

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Solving Parenting Stress and Creating Security in Difficult Times

Parenting

For so long now, it seems that we have faced daily anxiety or stress about the future. Work and school moved online for many of us, and there is growing uncertainly about how effectively our children will build relationships.

March 29, 2022

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WHAT PARENTS CAN LEARN FROM JESUS’ INTERACTIONS WITH CHILDREN

Children

Throughout scripture, Jesus treats children with radical care and love to indicate how deeply He values them. It’s no wonder that He continually compared our faith to children. Just as children depend on their parents for daily needs, so too do we rely on God the Father for our spiritual and physical needs.

March 24, 2022

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PARENTING IS MORE THAN BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION

Children

If we were to stop and scan the scriptures for advice on parenting, one of the themes that would stick out is that God is concerned about the state of our hearts, rather than simply behavior modification.

March 24, 2022

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A TEEN BATTLE WORTH IGNORING

Children

Don’t get sucked into teen drama . . . by letting go of the battles that aren’t life-changing.

March 23, 2022

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WHEN YOUR KIDS REJECT GOD

Faith

4 principles for encouraging faith in your adult children.

March 23, 2022

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DEALING WITH YOUR CHILD’S DIVORCE

Emotional Health

It’s hard to describe the pain of walking through your child’s divorce. Here are some ways to deal with the hurt and be a safe place and a firm foundation for them.

March 21, 2022

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20 BIBLE VERSES FOR MOMS: WHEN YOU NEED ENCOURAGEMENT [+ FREE DEVOTIONAL]

Parenting

As a mom, every minute and hour is different from one day to the next. Reading Scripture will provide peace, transform thoughts, and allow God to be the one in control of the household.

March 19, 2022

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3 WAYS TO AVOID LEGALISM IN PARENTING

Parenting

The best way your children can discover the joy and freedom of faith is through connecting with, not lecturing, them. Be that person for your children and let love — not legalism — overflow in your family. You can develop the necessary traits and approach to avoid legalistic parenting within your family.

March 19, 2022

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MAINTAINING YOUR MARRIAGE WITH TEENS IN THE HOUSE

Communication

Parenting adolescents isn’t easy, and conflict surrounding raising kids can harm a marriage. But you and your spouse can work as a team to build your marriage — even while raising your kids.

March 18, 2022

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WHY DO CHILDREN HAVE THE FEAR OF GROWING UP?

Children

In the face of the fear of growing up, we can help to bring hope, excitement, and victory back into our kids’ lives. God’s word is full of wisdom, and we must not take it for granted.

March 14, 2022

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March 14, 2022

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NOT ENOUGH TIME IN THE DAY FOR A BUSY PARENT

Parenting

Sometimes it feels like there’s not enough of us to go around because parenting is nonstop. Use these strategies to go from restless to resting in God’s peace as a parent.

March 10, 2022

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THE CREATION OF WOMAN: AFFIRMING YOUR DAUGHTER’S IDENTITY

Faith

For Christian families, there’s an overwhelming importance upon understanding the roles of female and male. However, our culture emphasizes different aspects of these roles from Christianity. In the Christian context, the origin point for this conversation lies at the beginning: the creation of woman and man.

March 8, 2022

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WHEN ADULT CHILDREN DON’T SHARE YOUR VALUES

Children

We can’t change our adult children. But we can choose to keep communication open without compromising our convictions.

March 8, 2022

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PARENTING A CONSTANT CRIER

Children

Guide your child toward healthier responses to everyday challenges

March 7, 2022

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HOW TO SET A GOOD EXAMPLE FOR YOUR KIDS

Faith

Although your children may make harmful decisions that affect their lives, you can support and guide them as they grow. We are called to show our children God’s way to live. In doing so, you can set a good example for your children that will impact the rest of their lives.

February 25, 2022

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FOSTER THE FAMILY: THE STORY OF ALAN AND JAMIE FINN

Parenting

Neither Alan nor Jamie ever expected to become foster parents. They had thought adoption might play a role at some point, but with two biological children, they had not taken any steps forward.

February 24, 2022

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DEMONSTRATING STEADFAST LOVE IN PARENTING

Parenting

A solid foundation is one of the most important things a parent needs to create in a relationship with their child. Just like a tree, the roots must be set deeply in place before the trunk, branches and fruit can grow

February 21, 2022

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HOW TO CONNECT WITH 16-18 YEAR OLDS

Children

As parents, we deal with the tension between providing freedom and boundaries for our teens. Focus on finding routines and habits that can help you better connect with your teens. Look out for things they enjoy or opportunities to develop a skill or interest. Finally, continue to take an interest in your teen’s interests. Ask questions and show interest in their passions.

February 18, 2022

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CONNECTING WITH KIDS IN A DISCONNECTED WORLD

Children

What does it mean to live in a disconnected world? There are dramatic implications for kids of all ages. Fortunately, you can foster positive connection with your kids through these tips and strategies.

February 17, 2022

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BUT DAD SAID IT WAS OK

Communication

Children need both their parents. When mom and dad connect, they can complement each other’s styles.

February 8, 2022

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SEEING GOD IN THE DETAILS AS A FOSTER AND ADOPTIVE MOM

Parenting

Six years passed between Kristen receiving a cancer diagnosis and becoming an adoptive mom. She knows that God planned every moment in between.

February 4, 2022

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LITTLE BIG DREAMERS — NURTURE THEIR TALENTS

Children

Do you know how to nurture your kids in their God-given talents so even when they’re little, they can be big dreamers?

January 31, 2022

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TEACHING KIDS SELF-CONTROL

Children

Five ways to nurture restraint in your children so they can develop self discipline.

January 29, 2022

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TEACHING KIDS ABOUT SPIRITUAL WARFARE

Children

God has equipped us all to have strength during the struggles of life. What have you done to help your children put on God’s armor?

January 28, 2022

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HOW TO TRUST GOD WITH YOUR ADULT CHILDREN

Parenting

What do you do when your adult children don’t make the choices you wish they had? Get insight into how to trust God with your adult kids.

January 26, 2022

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THE BEST CHORES FOR TEENAGERS

Children

As you communicate the importance of chores for your teens, reinforce the spiritual significance of work and its impact on the heart, mind, and soul.

January 26, 2022

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6 WAYS TO CREATE A CULTURE OF RESPONSIBILITY WITH OUR KIDS

Children

To create a healthy culture of responsibility, it begins with us as parents modeling a willingness to do those small things. Our children will pick up on our actions and will begin to live them out later in life. Watching them do this is in itself a great reward.

January 25, 2022

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WHEN BOUNDARIES HINDER BONDING

Children

Rules are important, but connecting with your teen is essential.

January 25, 2022

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HOW TO HELP YOUR TEEN GET CLOSER TO GOD

Faith

Learning how to get closer to God is a lifelong journey. For teenagers, growing closer to God depends on their personality, interests, and relationship with God.

January 20, 2022

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HOW TO TALK WITH YOUR DAUGHTER ABOUT SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENDER IDENTITY, AND SAME-SEX ATTRACTION

Children

In our day, knowing how to talk with your daughter about issues like sexual orientation, gender identity, and same-sex attraction can seem overwhelming. This is the world your daughter lives in, and she needs you to help her process it.

January 20, 2022

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HELP YOUR CHILD EAT HEALTHY

Children

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

January 17, 2022

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SIX WAYS TO BUILD YOUR TEEN’S IDENTITY

Parenting

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

January 17, 2022

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TALKING WITH YOUR TEENS ABOUT DRUGS AND ALCOHOL

Children

Healthy communication at home is the best means of setting your children down the path to a promising future free of alcohol and drug abuse.

January 13, 2022

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MODESTY AND CLOTHING BATTLES BETWEEN PARENTS AND TEENS

Parenting

How do I handle conflicts over clothes and fashion with my teen daughter? This is becoming a real battleground at our house. She insists on wearing outfits that are inappropriate, immodest, and revealing. I won’t even begin to tell you what we go through when it’s time to shop for bathing suits. What can I do?

January 13, 2022

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WHAT IS MULTIPLE INTELLIGENCE THEORY AND HOW DOES IT AFFECT MY CHILD?

Communication

What is Multiple Intelligence Theory? Explore how our different learning styles affect learning and your child’s development inside and outside of school.

January 13, 2022

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PERSONALITY DIFFERENCES: CONQUERING CHORES TOGETHER

Children

Learn to navigate communicating the importance of doing chores to your kids and form your perspective on how chores can impact your family.

January 13, 2022

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DADS CAN BE HEROES TO THEIR KIDS

Parenting

Dads can take back the role they’ve been given and become a hero to their children.

January 12, 2022

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EVERYDAY PEACEMAKERS

Children

Encouraging kids to reflect God’s peace in their interactions with each other.

January 11, 2022

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YOUR TEENS NEED YOU, NOT MORE SCREEN TIME

Children

Would you like more meaningful connection with your teens? Keep reading to learn more about how it’s important to spend face-to-face time with your teens, outside of screen time.

January 10, 2022

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January 7, 2022

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BURSTING NEGATIVE THOUGHT BUBBLES

Parenting

One of our goals as parents must be to manage our own thought bubbles so that we can be a model for our kids.

January 7, 2022

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RESPONSIBLE KIDS DON’T JUST HAPPEN

Parenting

Responsible kids don’t just happen. Therefore, intentional parents can use these tips for training their kids in personal responsibility.

January 7, 2022

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5 TIPS FOR HOW TO GET YOUR KIDS TO DO CHORES

Parenting

Don’t despair. Here are a few great ideas that parents have used to motivate their kids to take responsibility for their chores:

January 3, 2022

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13 LESSONS MOMS CAN TEACH THEIR SONS

Parenting

As a mother, you can provide advice, encouragement, and love to your son. Explore the 13 essential lessons moms can teach their sons to create positive and long-lasting momentum in their lives.

December 29, 2021

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12 QUESTIONS EVERY FATHER SHOULD ASK HIS FUTURE SON-IN-LAW

Marriage

What questions should you ask a young man who wants to marry your daughter? Answers to these 12 big, important, overarching questions might hold the key to your daughter’s future happiness.

December 22, 2021

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TEACHING THANKFULNESS

Children

Encourage your children to develop grateful hearts that bless others and frame their own perspective.

December 9, 2021

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PRAYING SCRIPTURE OVER YOUR CHILD’S LIFE – Broadcast

Children

Jodie Berndt loves to pray for her children. She’s been doing that for the past thirty years. Now she helps other parents to talk to God, asking for the salvation of their kids, and for wisdom, self-discipline, purpose, a future and much more. She offers fun and practical encouragement that moms and dads can put to work immediately in their daily lives as they prepare their children for a life in Christ.

December 2, 2021

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CHRISTMAS GIFT GIVING IDEAS FOR FAMILIES

Children

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

November 29, 2021

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HELPING TEENS DRAW SEXUAL BOUNDARIES

Children

How do I help my teenager know where to “draw the line” physically in relationships with the opposite sex? How far is too far?

November 22, 2021

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CAUGHT IN THE WEB

Children

Consider parenting your teens in a way that will keep their online lives healthy, too.

November 19, 2021

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HEALTHY CELLPHONE BOUNDARIES

Children

Consider all the facts before you allow your kids to have a cellphone.

November 16, 2021

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HELP KIDS BE ENTREPRENEURS

Children

Use these ideas to encourage your child’s entrepreneurial spirit.

November 11, 2021

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DEALING WITH THE FALLOUT OF TEEN SEXTING

Parenting

Is there anything my husband and I can do to undo or minimize the devastation our teenage daughter has experienced because of her involvement with “sexting”? Her life – and our entire family’s – was turned upside-down when nude images of her were electronically circulated around her school. As you can imagine, the resulting emotional trauma has been overwhelming. On top of that, she’s facing the possibility of criminal charges. Is there any help out there for us?

November 9, 2021

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TECH SUPPORT FOR PARENTS

Children

Help for parents who wonder how to guide their children’s use of technology in today’s tech-risky culture.

November 9, 2021

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SEXTING: WHY PARENTS SHOULD CARE AND WHAT THEY SHOULD DO ABOUT IT

Children

Recent news stories have talked about teens and sexting. It happens more than parents think.

November 9, 2021

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DETERMINING YOUR CHILD’S PERSONALITY TYPE

Children

Take this quiz to help you recognize which of the four commonly recognized personality types best described your child.

October 25, 2021

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THE REASON FOR HOPE

Faith

In a culture that has lost hope, use these activities to teach your kids what hope is and that they do have a hope.

October 25, 2021

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HOW TO CONNECT WITH YOUNG TEENS

Children

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

October 22, 2021

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PARENTING A CHILD WITH OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER

Children

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?

October 19, 2021

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HELPING YOUR TEEN DEAL WITH ANXIETY

Children

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.

October 13, 2021

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

Children

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?

October 11, 2021

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SIX WAYS TO BUILD YOUR TEEN’S IDENTITY

Parenting

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

October 11, 2021

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MOTIVATING KIDS TO STAY ACTIVE AND FIT

Children

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?

October 7, 2021

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TWEEN AND TEEN DEVELOPMENT

Children

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.

October 7, 2021

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LOVING YOUR TEEN THROUGH LIFE’S SEASONS

Parenting

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

October 7, 2021

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LIVING IN A BROKEN WORLD

Parenting

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

October 6, 2021

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CYBER BULLYING

Children

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

October 6, 2021

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FIND HOPE IN RAISING A CHILD WITH DISABILITIES

Children

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.

October 6, 2021

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WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR CHILD WITH DISABILITIES IS BULLIED

Children

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.

October 6, 2021

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HOW TO RESPOND WHEN YOUR KIDS ARE BULLIED

Children

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

October 6, 2021

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CORRECTING YOUR PRESCHOOL CHILD’S BULLYING BEHAVIOR

Children

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?

October 6, 2021

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WHEN TEENS LOSE HOPE

Children

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.

September 28, 2021

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DO YOUR TEENS KNOW THAT GRACE IS ENOUGH?

Parenting

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.

September 28, 2021

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

Parenting

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

September 27, 2021

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WHAT CHILDREN EXPERIENCE (AND HOW TO HELP)

Children

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

September 27, 2021

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HOW TO ENGAGE A TEEN WRESTLING WITH FAITH

Faith

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

September 20, 2021

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BUILDING FAMILY IDENTITY

Children

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

September 17, 2021

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GOD MADE IT ALL

Children

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

September 14, 2021

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INSTILLING MORAL VALUES IN CHILDREN

Children

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?

September 14, 2021