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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

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GET YOUR KIDS TO TALK TO YOU

Parenting

Develop a conversational approach to parenting.

September 9, 2021

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BEDTIME RITUALS

Children

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

September 9, 2021

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4 EASY WAYS TO IMPROVE THE WAY YOU DISCIPLINE

Children

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.

September 8, 2021

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DO YOUR KIDS KNOW HOW TO HANDLE THEIR EMOTIONS?

Children

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

September 7, 2021

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CONTROL VERSUS RESPONSIBILITY

Children

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

September 7, 2021

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HELP YOUR KIDS DISCOVER WHAT THEY’RE GOOD AT

Parenting

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.

September 3, 2021

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RAISING HEALTHY, RESILIENT KIDS

Parenting

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

September 3, 2021

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PUNISHMENT VERSUS DISCIPLINE

Children

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

September 3, 2021

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HOW TO HELP YOUR FAMILY GET BETTER SLEEP: 10 STEPS

Children

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.

August 31, 2021

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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.

August 31, 2021

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PARENTING WITH INTENTIONALITY

Parenting

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.

August 31, 2021

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DOES PARENTING MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

Parenting

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

August 31, 2021

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LESS SCREAM TIME

Children

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

August 24, 2021

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THE BASICS OF ATTACHMENT AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT

Children

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.

August 23, 2021

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THE VALUE OF CHRISTIAN FRIENDS

Children

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

August 11, 2021

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

Children

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.

August 10, 2021

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4 STEPS TO TEACHING YOUR CHILD EMOTIONAL CONTROL

Children

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.

July 28, 2021

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15 TIPS FOR TAKING CARE OF A NEWBORN BABY

Parenting

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

July 23, 2021

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THE DISCIPLINE CHECKUP

Faith

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.

July 19, 2021

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WHY PARENTS WANT TO CONTROL THEIR TEENS

Parenting

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.

July 16, 2021

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6 WAYS TO HELP YOUR HIGHLY SENSITIVE CHILD THRIVE

Children

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.

July 15, 2021

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CONVERSATION AND CHILDHOOD BRAIN DEVELOPMENT

Children

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

June 30, 2021

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WHAT IS HOMESCHOOLING AND IS IT RIGHT FOR ME?

Children

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.

June 23, 2021

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A SINGLE DAD: UNPLUGGED

Parenting

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

June 16, 2021

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SELF-CARE FOR MUMS IS ESSENTIAL

Emotional Health

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.

June 14, 2021

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3 WAYS TO HELP YOUR CHILD DEAL WITH PEER PRESSURE

Children

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.”

April 7, 2021

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GRIEF AND LOSS: KNOWING WHEN KIDS NEED TO TALK

Children

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

April 7, 2021

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DISCIPLINING AS A SINGLE PARENT

Parenting

Take a level-headed approach to leading your family.

March 15, 2021

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

Children

 

 

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

March 5, 2021

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NAVIGATING A TOXIC CULTURE WITH YOUR DAUGHTER (Part 1 of 2)

Children

 

Dr. Meg Meeker explains how parents can shape their daughter’s character and faith so that she can successfully navigate our culture’s most difficult challenges, which include the toxic elements associated with social media, feminism, sexual identity, and more. (Part 1 of 2)

March 4, 2021

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HOW TO START THE CONVERSATION WITH YOUR KIDS ABOUT SUICIDE

Children

 

Often teens struggle with putting words to their frustrations, fears, anxieties and sadness. Over time, those unprocessed feelings can lead to depression and even suicide. Is it time you had a conversation with your kids?

February 25, 2021

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5 TIPS FOR CELLPHONE USE

Entertainment

 

 

Creating boundaries in your home for cellphone use.

December 28, 2020

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HEALTHY CELLPHONE BOUNDARIES

Entertainment

 

 

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

December 28, 2020

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WHEN SHOULD YOUR CHILD GET A CELLPHONE?

Entertainment

 

 

Kids want cellphones to connect with peers, build friendships and find a sense of belonging. When is the best time for them to get their first mobile device?

December 28, 2020

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FAMILY MEDIA COMMITMENT

Entertainment

 

 

Consider taking a pledge as a family to honor God with your entertainment choices.

December 28, 2020

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KEEPING THE CASTLE SAFE: HOME NETWORK PROTECTION & YOUR KIDS

Entertainment

 

 

Criminals no longer need to break down the front door and walk into your house to have access to your bank accounts, medical records, even your family photos. They merely need to gain access to your technology. If your castle is not properly defended, these enemies can break in and conquer your kingdom in the blink of an eye.

December 28, 2020

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5 MISTAKES THAT CAN TURN YOUR CHILD INTO A VIDEO GAME JUNKIE

Entertainment

 

 

Avoid these common mistakes to help protect your child from video game addiction.

December 28, 2020

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BUILDING A DEEPER CONNECTION BETWEEN KIDS AND THEIR GRANDPARENTS

Advice

 

 

How my family fostered a deeper connection between our kids and their grandparents

December 2, 2020

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SIMPLE BUT DELIGHTFUL THINGS TO DO WITH GRANDKIDS

Grandparents

 

 

Are you looking for things do you do with your grandkids? Try these creative ways to build memories and enjoy each other even more.

December 2, 2020

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GRANDPARENTS AS ROLE MODELS

Grandparents

 

 

Grandparents can be role models for their grandchildren. Creative grandparents model morals, gender and values. Grandchildren often look to their grandparents for how life is to be lived.

December 2, 2020

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December 2, 2020

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GRANDPARENTING ACROSS THE MILES

Grandparents

 

 

If a grandparent and grandchild want to remain connected, they have to find creative ways to carry on their relationship across the miles, but it can be done successfully.

December 2, 2020

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7 ESSENTIALS FOR GRANDPARENTING YOUR GRANDKIDS

Grandparents

 

 

Passing on faith to our grandkids is our duty before God. He commands us as grandparents to teach two generations, not just one.

December 2, 2020

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GO AHEAD – LET YOUR KIDS GRADE YOUR PARENTING

Children

 

 

Focus on the Family President Jim Daly shares about asking his kids to grade his parenting. When done right, this can be a meaningful and growing experience for you and your kids.

December 2, 2020

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SIMPLE STRATEGIES FOR EFFECTIVE DISCIPLINE

Children

 

 

Who runs your home? Is it you or your child? Use these simple strategies from Dr. Kevin Leman to help you parent your child to be more respectful and well behaved. 

December 2, 2020