Challenges

A tween with her head in hands as she stares dreamily into space

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Tween Attraction

various authors

Get ideas for how to parent your kids when they find that they are attracted to someone of the opposite sex.

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A mother and daughter sit outdoors on concrete steps talking

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Talking With Tweens About Marijuana

Sarah Hilgendorf

Help get kids thinking critically about why avoiding marijuana and other drugs is a smart, healthy choice. The goal is to avoid scare tactics while still sharing facts.



 

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A girl and boy holding hands

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Boy-Girl Attraction

Attraction between boys and girls is often innocent, but kids need to know how to respond appropriately to the opposite sex.

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A girl and boy holding hands

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The Boy-Crazy Train

Dannah Gresh

What advice can you give your girl as Valentine's Day and the media try to push her to hang her hopes on romance . . . even as a tween.

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Mother exercising with her young daughter

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Exercise for Young and Old

various authors

Enjoy using these creative ways to integrate exercise into your and your children's daily routines.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Trusting God Through an Adverse Diagnosis in Pregnancy

Brandon and Brittany Buell offer hope to expectant and new parents of disabled children as they share their moving story of raising their toddler son, Jaxon, who was born with part of his skull and most of his brain missing as a result of a rare medical condition.

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Illustration of father and son raking leaves

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Work: The Payoff Beyond the Paycheck

Joshua Becker

We work hard to provide for our families and to model a strong work ethic. Our kids see our dedication, but do they know what we're working for?

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Mother reading to her two children

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Time for Bed

Get fresh ideas for how to get your children to go to bed and stay there until they fall asleep.

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Mother reading to her two children

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Getting Them to Sleep

various authors

Consider these ideas for getting kids to go to bed and stay in bed.

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Mother praying with her young daughter at bedtime

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Bedtime Rituals

Archibald D. Hart

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

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Illustration of a girl making her bed

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Life Skills

Your goal is to help your child become an independent adult. To do that, you child needs to learn a few important life skills.

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Teen girl having breakfast

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Help Your Child Eat Healthy

various authors

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

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Young boy eating breakfast, gripping his knife and fork in this fists

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End Mealtime Chaos

various authors

With a little insight, you, too, can have a positive mealtime experience with your kids. Find new ideas for how you can teach table manners to kids,

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

Helping Your Child Deal With Bullies

Best-selling author Nancy Rue, who has written extensively about the subject of bullying, offers hope and practical suggestions to parents who are seeking to prevent their child from being bullied.

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Sad-looking tween girl learning against a wall in the school hall while two other school girls laugh and snicker in her direction

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Mean Girls

Nancy Rue

Empower your tween to respond gracefully when confronted by "mean girls" and seek adult help if she finds herself being bullied.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

When Your Child Struggles With Their Sexual Identity (Part 2 of 2)

Ann Mobley offers guidance and encouragement to parents who are struggling with their child's homosexuality. (Part 2 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

When Your Child Struggles With Their Sexual Identity (Part 1 of 2)

Ann Mobley offers guidance and encouragement to parents who are struggling with their child's homosexuality. (Part 1 of 2)

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Teen volunteers cleaning streets

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Ready or Not?

Lynne Thompson

Practical advice to help your teen prepare for independent living

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A young boy holds up his arms to show his muscles as he holds a glass of milk.

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Why Kids Need Healthy Fats

Marianne K. Hering

Even when you need to cut fat from your diet, you may want to increase healthy fats in your child’s diet. Learn why.

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Illustration of a child and an adult on either side of a teeter totter with healthy foods in their arms

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Healthy Bodies

Do you know what your kids need to be healthy? It starts with water and continues with healthy fats, which is a part of good nutrition for your children. 

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A girl drinks a glass of water on a summer day.

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Why Your Child Needs Water

Dr. Patricia Landry and Marianne K. Hering

Dehydration can be a serious problem for children, especially when they don’t recognize that they need more liquids. 

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Illustration of a mom adamantly pointing over the head of her son in a commanding style. Boy's arms are crossed in resistance.

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Strong-Willed Women Mothering Strong-Willed Children

Cynthia Tobias

One of our top 25 most-viewed parenting articles: "Strong-Willed Women Mothering Strong-Willed Children." It can be tough to parent a younger version of yourself. But you also have a definite advantage — you know what it’s like to be a strong-willed child. 

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Parenting Your Teens When Times are Tough

Dr. Greg Smalley offers encouragement to parents who are struggling with the challenges of raising teens.

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