Roles

Mom and two teen daughters are sitting on the couch leaning against each other.

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'Am I a Bad Parent?'

Gary Thomas

I could do better, and I make mistakes. But does that make me a bad parent?

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Does Performance Drive Your Parenting?

Ted Cunningham

Stop being a trophy parent. 

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Being Your Daughter's Hero

Dr. Michelle Watson offers fathers advice and encouragement in a discussion based on her book, Dad, Here's What I Really Need From You: A Guide for Connecting With Your Daughter's Heart.

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Approachable Parenting

Andrea Lucado

Max Lucado demonstrates a grace-filled approach to parenting his daughters.

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Your New Roles With an Empty Nest

Author Michele Howe discusses the transition parents have to make to establish a new identity and parenting role when their children leave home.

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Illustration of two parents at an outdoor children's birthday party; the scene is a mess with food spilled everywhere and children running wild in the background

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Be the Parent

When you know your role, your job as a parent can become a lot less stressful — and you might even enjoy it.

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What Sons Need

Parenting sons can be difficult if you don't understand what they need from you.

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Illustration of two parents at an outdoor children's birthday party; the scene is a mess with food spilled everywhere and children running wild in the background

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A Real Job Description for Parents

Timothy L. Sanford, MA, LPC

Your kids will grow to be more healthy and resilient as you start parenting with a clear understanding of what your real job is.

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Illustration of a little girl unhappily surrendering a digital tablet to her mother

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Why Kids Need Mean Moms

Joanne Kraft

One of our top 25 most-viewed parenting articles: "Why Kids Need Mean Moms." Give kids the tough love they need so they’ll develop into independent adults.

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Five kids with backpacks are joyfully running, victoriously running, down a hallway together.

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Parenting Switchfoot’s Jon and Tim

How do you instill the desire in your kids to live the best version of themselves? The parents of Switchfoot's Jon and Tim explain how they helped their kids live their own "great story."

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Hooray for Dad! (Part 2 of 2)

Ken Davis shares humorous illustrations and heartfelt stories to remind dads why it's important to spend time with their kids, speak with kind words and live a life committed to Jesus Christ. (Part 2 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Hooray for Dad! (Part 1 of 2)

Ken Davis shares humorous illustrations and heartfelt stories to remind dads why it's important to spend time with their kids, speak with kind words and live a life committed to Jesus Christ. (Part 1 of 2)

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Father making zany face as he kisses baby's feet

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What Dads Do

Early Years Authors

Get ideas from many different people about how dads influence the development of their children.

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Dads Are Different

Glenn Stanton

Embracing the differences between fathering and mothering

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Practical Advice for Grandparents (Part 2 of 2)

Jerry and Judy Schreur discuss ideas from their book Creative Grandparenting to encourage grandparents to take an active role in the lives of their grandchildren and leave a generational legacy. (Part 2 of 2)

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Illustration of a mom getting a bottle ready for a screaming infant

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The New Reality of Motherhood

Kasey Johnson

Learn how to gain a new perspective so you can embrace motherhood . . . after real life has clouded your dream of being the perfect mom.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Practical Advice for Grandparents (Part 1 of 2)

Jerry and Judy Schreur discuss ideas from their book Creative Grandparenting to encourage grandparents to take an active role in the lives of their grandchildren and leave a generational legacy. (Part 1 of 2)

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Illustration of family at the dinner table. wife is glaring at husband who looks to be in shock over something his teen daughter has said.

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Modeling Respectful Speech

Michael Ridgeway

Much of our kids’ attitudes come from watching Dad. Want kids to respect Mom? Model respect for them.

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Stressed mother tied up in easy chair with a string while two small boys engage in sword play over her head.

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Stress Busters for Moms

Arlene Pellicane

Here are five things you can do today as a mom to rein in the chaos you may be feeling in the midst of family life.

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Father squatting near baby sleeping in a crib with his head in his hand. He is listening to a radio sitting on a dresser top.

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An Unprepared Dad

Thomas Jeffries

One young father found hope on the radio—and turned this inspiration into a lifetime of ministry to at-risk youth.

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Missions to Manhood

Jonathan Catherman

Fathers can be purposeful in raising their sons to be good men.

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Be the Dad

Carey Casey

Do you confront your kids when they're not thinking clearly? Sometimes they will need you to intervene and help them deal with issues.

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Fearless Parenting

Max Lucado

Parenting from a base of fear creates prison guards or permissive parents. Max Lucado demonstrates a better way: entrusting our kids to Christ.

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