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Disciplining Kids at Grandma’s

3 Easy Rules for Disciplining Kids at Grandma’s

“No jumping on Mimi’s couches. No snacks in the living room.” Welcome to disciplining kids at Grandma’s. But whose rules do you follow? Yours or Mimi’s?

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How I Became Okay With My Child Being Just Mediocre

I’ve been a high achiever all my life. I didn’t expect a kid with meltdowns, dismal spelling tests, embarrassing social skills. I had to get over myself.

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When Fear for Your Child Is Real

When you’re picking out little baby outfits, you don’t anticipate someone telling you, years later, your teenager may have lymphoma.

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Having 'the Talk' With My Daughter Had a Surprising Outcome

Having ‘the Talk’ With My Daughter Had a Surprising Outcome

Our Passport2Purity® weekend didn’t go anything like I had planned, but what came out of it was even better.

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Making Your Home a Sanctuary for Your Family

You can make your home a place of peace and safety for you and your spouse and kids. Here are some ways to create the setting.

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How to Not Lose It on Your Kids After a Stressful Day at Work

I shudder at the times I’ve acted irritably toward my kids because I was still stressed from work. How do we come home as the loving parents we want to be?

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Have You Talked to Your Kids About Sex?

The sex talk and gender conversations in your home don’t have to be big, awkward productions. But they do need to happen. The sooner the better.

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Grieving after a tragedy

Riding the Two Rails of Grief: Faith and Suffering

After the unexpected death of our son, my wife and I learned that faith informs pain, but it doesn’t erase it.

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‘Mom, I Am Their Father’

I finally realized that my children had all the father they needed; all I had to do was point them to God for their needs.

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A Pop Star’s Surprising Perspective on Purity

While my generation will associate Michelle Williams with suggestive song titles, the next generation might
associate her with something entirely different—being a champion for the biblical model of marriage.

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Your Child is Not the Enemy

Your Child Is Not Your Enemy

Here are eight ways we can fight for, not against, our children in their hard-to-handle moments.

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Dating as a single parent

11 Best Practices for Dating as a Single Parent

Dating for two is difficult; dating in a crowd is downright complicated.

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Parenting a strong willed child

Discipline for the Strong Willed Child

My son, Aaron, taught me valuable lessons on how to choose my battles … and win them.

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They Didn’t Know How to Have ‘The Talk’ With Their Kids

How Doug and Deb Gulbranson used Passport2Purity® to teach their children about the pressures they would face as teenagers.

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5 Prayers for Prodigals

Even when we see no visible evidence, we can trust that God is at work.

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Disciplining Your Children Is Challenging, but Vital

Seeing the fruit of correcting your children requires delayed gratification.

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Discipline and Trust Go Hand in Hand

Just as failing to discipline your children will lead them to running the house, failing to trust your children will lead them to leaving the house.

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When Your Kids Ask, ‘How Far Can I Go?’

Helping your children understand God’s design for sex … and how to save themselves for marriage.

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Can You Balance Work and Family

When we learned that the nature of parenting is sacrifice, we went from trying to have it all to having everything that matters.

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Q&A: Disciplining a Child in Public

Letting your child know your expectations before you go out in public together can act as a deterrent to inappropriate behavior.

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Talking to my teen about sex

Q&A: Waiting Until Marriage

Just because you failed in the area of sexual purity doesn’t mean you can’t be committed to upholding God’s standard for your kids.

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More Than a Backpacking Weekend

My wife and I hoped that by the end of the Passport2Purity weekend our son would be seeing things about life more clearly.

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Was God Surprised When My Child Was Born?

How do we, as parents, dream new dreams for our children when we have no idea what the future holds?

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10 Ways to Help Parents of Children With Special Needs

“Some of the greatest needs we have are understanding and friendship.”

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A Note to Jimmy Kimmel, From a Fellow Heart Parent

Our life with Annie hasn’t been easy. But it’s been worth it.

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‘I’m Sorry … It’s Her Heart’

Our journey began when doctors told us our unborn daughter would be born with half a heart. In the last year we’ve learned to rely on God’s faithfulness.

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25 Tips for Avoiding Mom Burnout

A list for those who—like me—struggle with overcommitting and overworking.

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Take the Boy-Crazy Quiz

Do you trust God with your love life?

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Help for Those Grieving the Loss of a Child

A list of helpful resources.

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Helping Your Teen Avoid the Anger Trap

Some solid convictions that we believe every family should embrace.

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