Challenges

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Loving the Prodigal Home

Pastor Andrew Palau tells his prodigal story of a squandered youth spent on alcohol abuse, vandalism, and a disdain for Christianity - and what his parents did that led to his salvation in his mid-twenties.

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How to Help Your Kids Process Tragic News

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How to Help Your Kids Process Tragic News

Danny Huerta, MSW, LCSW, LSSW

As a counselor, I'm often asked how to talk with kids about tragedies such as the latest school shooting. Here are some strategies I offer in my practice for intentional and effective conversations about tragedy.

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Find Hope in Raising a Child with Disabilities

Tyler Sexton

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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Parenting a Child Affected by a Traumatic Incident

Joannie DeBrito, Ph.D., LCSW, LMFT

I was a first responder lending mental health support to kids rescued from Columbine High School. So when I hear of the latest school shooting, I feel sickened that another community has to cope with the aftermath.

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Joyfully Embracing God's Children (Part 2 of 2)

Author Heather Avis and her husband, Josh, discuss the heartache that infertility had on the early years of their marriage and the joy they now share as parents of three adopted children, two of whom have Down syndrome. The couple shines a positive light on Down syndrome, reminding parents that God is always faithful in the midst of whatever challenges they face. (Part 2 of 2)

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Joyfully Embracing God's Children (Part 1 of 2)

Author Heather Avis and her husband, Josh, discuss the heartache that infertility had on the early years of their marriage and the joy they now share as parents of three adopted children, two of whom have Down syndrome. The couple shines a positive light on Down syndrome, reminding parents that God is always faithful in the midst of whatever challenges they face. (Part 1 of 2)

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Dad, Mom and two children (a boy and a girl) are unpacking boxes in a new home.

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Moving

Find out how you can help your children adjust to a new move.

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How Much Privacy Should You Give Your Kids?

Danny Huerta, MSW, LCSW, LSSW

Do you allow your children to enjoy the same rights to privacy that you have as a parent and as an adult?

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Privacy

Are you torn between wanting to give your kids their privacy and protecting them?

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What Should Kids Choose: Discovering God's Will in Big Decisions

John Ortberg

Our children will face big decisions, wondering if God has a direction. Help kids navigate life's crossroads by teaching that there are reasons God remains silent.

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Finding Strength in God's Blessings (Part 2 of 2)

Jase and Missy Robertson, stars of the reality TV series Duck Dynasty, discuss their faith and family, with a focus on the medical journey of their daughter, Mia, who was born with a cleft palate, a serious condition requiring multiple cranial and facial surgeries. (Part 2 of 2)

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Finding Strength in God's Blessings (Part 1 of 2)

Jase and Missy Robertson, stars of the reality TV series Duck Dynasty, discuss their faith and family, with a focus on the medical journey of their daughter, Mia, who was born with a cleft palate, a serious condition requiring multiple cranial and facial surgeries. (Part 1 of 2)

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A teen girl has her head in her hands and a teen boy with his back to the camera holds one of her elbows as if they are both sorting through something difficult.

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Finding Purpose After a Loved One's Suicide

Shawna Marie Bryant

After the death of her oldest, Paulette helped her other children take steps toward finding their own path and moving forward in their grief.

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Tween who is trying to make a decision

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Decision-Making

Training children to make their own good decisions takes time and intentionality. 

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Making Good Choices Takes Practice

various authors

Help kids practice their decision-making before they have to make big choices on their own.

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Mothering When Life Gets Hard

Kara Tippetts

Kara Tippett on shepherding the hearts of our children amid the stress of life.

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Understanding Teen Depression and Suicide (Part 2 of 2)

Best-selling author Dr. Gregory Jantz offers practical advice for helping parents whose teens may be dealing with depression. (Part 2 of 2)

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Understanding Teen Depression and Suicide (Part 1 of 2)

Best-selling author Dr. Gregory Jantz offers practical advice for helping parents whose teens may be dealing with depression. (Part 1 of 2)

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Finding Hope in the Midst of Raising Troubled Kids (Part 2 of 2)

Tom and Dena Yohe discuss the struggles they experienced with their troubled teen daughter Renee, who suffered from depression, substance abuse and self-injury. The couple talks about the difficult path to their family's healing and recovery, and offers hope to other parents of wayward teens. (Part 2 of 2)

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Finding Hope in the Midst of Raising Troubled Kids (Part 1 of 2)

Tom and Dena Yohe discuss the struggles they experienced with their troubled teen daughter Renee, who suffered from depression, substance abuse and self-injury. The couple talks about the difficult path to their family's healing and recovery, and offers hope to other parents of wayward teens. (Part 1 of 2)

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Raising Engaged Citizens

Carrie Gordon Earll

Five ways to model social involvement for the next generation

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Mother talking to her teenage son

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Protect Your Kids from Negative Influences

Bill Maier

Get tips to help you be a proactive parent during turbulent times.

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Shining a Positive Light on Down Syndrome

Robert Hendershot discusses the amazing impact individuals with Down syndrome can have upon the world as he highlights the inspiring story of his son Trevor, a young man with Down syndrome who is a team store greeter for the Los Angeles Angels and the Anaheim Ducks.

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