Ages and Stages

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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.”

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millennial parents

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.

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teaching respect

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.

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teenage social responsibility

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.

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elementary crush

‘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.

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graduation

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.

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sleepovers

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?

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graduates

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.

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stressed teens

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.

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5 Reasons Your Preteen Needs You

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.

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Negotiating Parental Leave

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?

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Parenting Teens

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.

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two elementary-school boys looking out a car window

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.

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Smartphones for Smart Families

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.

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Preparing Your Teen for LGBT Discussions

Questions to Ask Your Teen About LGBT Issues

A list of questions to help you engage your teens about their beliefs on LGBT issues.

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Preparing Your Teen for LGBT Discussions

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.

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Parenting teenagers

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?

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Helping Your Teenage Daughter Become a Woman

Here are five questions to consider as you seek to help your daughter grow in godliness.

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Teens

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.

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Even Toddlers Can Memorize Scripture

If toddlers can memorize favorite songs and stories, why not help them learn the Word of God?

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Money and budget

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.

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Parenting tweens

30 Tips for Raising Middle Schoolers

Quick advice regarding various areas of your child’s life.

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Q&A: Should Children See Parents Argue?

Kids learn how to resolve conflict by watching us do it.

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Setting Boundaries for Your Teens

Helping your children learn to live within limits.

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Setting Standards for Your Family About Substance Use

Form convictions that you can hold with integrity as you shape the life of your child.

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Potty Training a Strong-Willed Child

You must set the rules and the boundaries, not your toddler.

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How Do I Teach My Kids to Handle Peer Pressure?

Dennis and Barbara Rainey, parenting, ages and stages, teens

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Q&A: Babysitter Blues

How can we break our 3-year-old of throwing tantrums when the sitter comes over?

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4 Countercultural Tips on Dating

Few things occupy the hearts and minds of modern young people more than dating relationships. Having a boyfriend or girlfriend strokes a lot of core needs. First, it strokes the need for significance. You can almost hear the cry for validation when you hear a teenage person say, “You’ll never guess who I dated this summer …” You feel […]

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Freedom: The Teen Addiction

Learn why freedom is so important to teens and how to help them channel that freedom without causing a revolution.

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