When Peer Pressure Starts Too Soon
Peer pressure can be subtle. Other times your child’s friend sports a Michael Kors bag. Or their second grade class splits into boyfriend-girlfriend duos.
I Couldn’t Believe My Husband Said That!
Later that night I told my husband thank you. “What you did this afternoon changed our whole day. Thanks for saying what you said and doing what you did.”
5 Things Millennial Parents Are Doing Better Than Their Parents
Research shows millennials may be the most family-oriented generation in the last 50 years. Millennial parents are changing the norm to raise healthy kids.
Teaching Respect: 8 Tips for a Snark-free Summer
Requiring respect is a gift we give our kids (and ourselves!). But in a parenting age aiming to be gentler and more aware of kids’ emotions, it’s not easy.
Teaching Our Teenage Girls the Truth of Social Responsibility
Unlike the advice of Teen Vogue that robs teenage girls of their value, true advocacy and social responsibility should be in God-glorifying ways.
‘Audrey and John Sitting in a Tree …’ Are Elementary Crushes All Innocent?
My son’s first day of first grade introduction worksheet: What do you like to do with your friends? His answer, in wonderfully legible pencil: Chase girls.
When Your 18 Summers Are Up
Right now there’s a mom whose 18 summers are up with her child.18 sounded plenty when empty sippy cups scattered the backseat. Now 18 doesn’t feel enough.
Sleepovers—Bad Idea or No Big Deal?
Spending the night with friends seems like a normal part of growing up. But my wife and I wonder: should we let our kids go to a sleepover?
7 Do’s and Don’ts for Parents of Graduates
For 18 years, you have parented through a maze of joys, laughter, confusion, and even bruises. Now your child is a graduate. You have big changes ahead.
Are We Pushing Our Kids too Hard?
My kids need to see that their value isn’t tied to their grades or what school accepts them. I need to encourage them to follow God’s design and purpose for their lives and not insist they conform to a specific formula for success.
5 Reasons Your Preteen Needs You
Children this age are unique because they still invite participation and closeness with parents—an attitude that will be changing soon.
Negotiating Parental Leave for the Working Mom with a New Baby
Who is responsible for making ends meet when a new baby joins a family – the new parents, their employers, or the government?
When to Tell Your Kids About Your Past
How much should you tell your kids about the mistakes you’ve made in the past? Pastor Drew Hill believes parents should unveil some of the ugliness in our lives … to show what God has done.
Three Times a Day to Intentionally Connect With Your Child
Consider mornings, mealtimes and bedtime as opportunities for making a heart connection with your child. And trust that God, in His sovereignty, will fill the gaps in between.
Smartphones for Smartfamilies
We advise against giving your children a phone if you are not ready to have a conversation with them about it multiple times a week for multiple years.
Questions to Ask Your Teen About LGBT Issues
A list of questions to help you engage your teens about their beliefs on LGBT issues.
Preparing Your Teen for LGBT Discussions
Five steps to prepare them to withstand peer pressure, stand with the truth, and display the love of Christ.
Establishing Dating Guidelines for Your Teen
What role should parents play to steer a child away from the traps in the most popular sport for many teens—the dating game?
Helping Your Teenage Daughter Become a Woman
Here are five questions to consider as you seek to help your daughter grow in godliness.
5 Strategies to Win the Battle for Your Teen’s Heart
The arsenal of weapons employed against this generation of teens is unmatched in human history.
Even Toddlers Can Memorize Scripture
If toddlers can memorize favorite songs and stories, why not help them learn the Word of God?
Should You Provide a Financial Bailout for Your Adult Children
Before you rush to fix your child’s problem, ask yourself whether you are truly helping him or her.
Setting Standards for Your Family About Substance Use
Form convictions that you can hold with integrity as you shape the life of your child.
Q&A: Babysitter Blues
How can we break our 3-year-old of throwing tantrums when the sitter comes over?
How Do I Teach My Kids to Handle Peer Pressure?
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