5 Things Millennial Parents Are Doing Better...
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.
How I Became Okay With My Child Being Just M...
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.
Saying ‘Yes’ to Help Our Kids Fe...
As a mom, I am guilty of saying no too often simply out of laziness. Even though saying yes would delight my kids, I let my selfishness get in the way.
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.
The Song That Haunts My Fatherhood
As a kid, I identified with the boy in the song who wanted more of his Dad’s attention. 30 years later, I was the dad leaving my son wanting more.
3 Fail Proof Ways to Make the Most of Summer
You can be intentional with your kids over the summer. Here are 3 ways (+ a printable) to help you pull off a meaningful summer.
Teaching Our Teenage Girls the Truth of Soci...
Unlike the advice of Teen Vogue that robs teenage girls of their value, true advocacy and social responsibility should be in God-glorifying ways.
Teaching Respect: 8 Tips for a Snark-free Su...
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.
‘Audrey and John Sitting in a Tree ...
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.
7 Ways to Know if Your Kids Will Choose Chur...
You've detected trends that are leading your kids away from church in college. But, let's be honest. Kids do what they like. Why can't that be church?
Don’t Let Fear Control Your Motherhood
When fear and anxiety threaten to take control of how I parent my children, I remind myself of four truths.
Is Straight-to-College the Best Path for Hig...
Changes in educational costs and in the job market should prompt teens and their parents to consider some great alternatives to college.
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 Gra...
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.
Having ‘the Talk’ With My Daughter Had a...
Our Passport2Purity® weekend didn’t go anything like I had planned, but what came out of it was even better.
How to Train Your Boys to Be Men
I have three sons. My oldest still wets the bed. My youngest says two words. They're just boys. How do I start this whole "man-thing"?
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.
Does Raising Children with a Concept of Sin...
One woman says her upbringing was based in fear and shame because of the concept of sin. God was a megaphone in my head: “You’re bad, you’re bad!”
Teaching Our Daughters Positive Self-Talk
When my 6-year-old daughter with long, lanky legs called her thighs fat, I knew something had to change. I didn't know body image issues would come so early.
One Dollar = One Taco: Easy Money Lessons Ov...
In a first world country, our kids know that everything they could ever want to buy is accessible. How do we teach them the value of things and money?
Dear Mom, Thanks for the Real Moments of Mot...
Here’s to our mothers. Thanks for letting us see you struggle, ask for help, and never give up on the ones you love.
Why I Decided to Foster a College Student
For one couple, becoming foster parents happened in a really unexpected way.
To The Single Mom on Mother’s Day
I see you, single mom. I know you’re out there and you may be struggling today on Mother's Day. You deserve this day the most.
Viral Rant “Society to Working Moms” Tot...
While we might relate to the laundry list of women pressures, we have to be honest about why working moms and our husbands believe them.
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.
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.
How to Not Lose It on Your Kids After a Stre...
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?
Negotiating Parental Leave for the Working M...
Who is responsible for making ends meet when a new baby joins a family – the new parents, their employers, or the government?
You Might Be a ‘Snowplow Parent’...
Many parents fall into the well-meaning mishap of clearing an easy path for their kids, regardless of the cost. Have you?
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.
Should We Have Kids?
Many married couples are putting off the decision on whether to have children ... and an increasing number choose to not have any.
Teaching Our Kids Not to Be Bystanders to Bu...
Most kids on today’s campuses probably fall into the category of “bystander.” They know they should probably do something, but they don’t.
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.
When Parenting Isn’t Popular
Making responsible, though not always fun, parenting decisions pays dividends and yields goodness that lasts well beyond the moment.
A Day in the Life of a Working Mom
Making memories, passing on our faith to the next generation, is what our moments are made of. I try to focus on fully living in every single one.
Lessons From the College Admissions Scandal
These parents wanted the best for their children. But is any college worth what those families are facing now?
Spring Break Is for Making Memories
Staycation or vacation? Either way spring break is a time to take advantage of for having fun and creating family memories.
Every Expectant Mom Deserves a Baby Shower L...
One of the greatest lessons motherhood is teaching me is that I cannot do it alone. Baby showers remind us of the help we need from family and friends.
Mom, Kind Is the New Skinny
What if our generation of moms decided to love the mom bods we’ve got? Motherhood puts a glow on any woman! It’s a look that’s well worth the wear.
Helping Your Children in the Discovery of Th...
From a FamilyLife Today® broadcast, a list of ideas to help your kids think missionally about life.
When Everyone Gets Invited to the Birthday P...
My kid's birthday party means I include and find commonalities with nearly total strangers. And it’s a really beautiful thing.
5 Ways to Avoid Being a Drama Addict
Moms today have enough on their plates without adding unnecessary drama to the list.
Let’s Turn the Helpless Into Heroes
I’ve always believed that’s what birth mothers really are—heroes.
Helping Your Family Understand Racial Reconc...
We cannot live redemptive lives and hate our neighbor. Diversity in relationships not only shows unity to the world but also builds in our own hearts a love for others.
Questions Every Parent Should Ask Their Kids...
In order for your teenagers to be able to make adult-level decisions, they need guidance. You can help them by asking good questions.
Asking Forgiveness From My Kids … Agai...
My kids need to grow up with the knowledge that I require a Savior just as much as they do.
‘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.
Riding the Two Rails of Grief: Faith and Suf...
After the unexpected death of our son, my wife and I learned that faith informs pain, but it doesn’t erase it.
8 Suggestions for Talking to Your Kids About...
Talking to my kids about shootings doesn’t come easily—how do I answer questions about things I don’t understand myself?
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, How Should Mama...
How do we treat ourselves well while also remembering that God cares more about our hearts? Can we keep our hearts pure but also enjoy fashion?
Gender-Neutral Parenting Isn’t for Me
My husband and I are raising our daughters to identify with who God designed them to be, embrace the characteristics He gave them, and develop confidence in the goodness of their Maker.
Why Your Relationship With Your Child Matter...
You have the privilege of growing a child who knows the love of God personally and knows how to love people well.
Would You Say Yes to Becoming an “Inst...
Is foster care messy? Of course. Is it worth it? Absolutely.
6 Tips to Reduce Stress for the Working Mom
When my youngest started preschool, I took my first job outside the home in nearly 10 years. I was frazzled, guilt-ridden, and late everywhere I went.
How Can I Let Go of the Mom Guilt?
Guilt doesn’t freshen us and give life—it suffocates us and takes more than we have to give.
Investing Time With Your Children: The Chall...
The time we have with our children before they enter into adulthood is limited. We have a responsibility to use it well, with a heart of wisdom.
Your Most Important Job as a Parent
Teachable moments are opportunities for us to imprint God’s values on the next generation.
Can Mommy Have a Drink?
Pretty much everyone has an opinion on "mommy wine culture." Here's a few factors to consider if you're thinking about sipping a glass.
Three Times a Day to Intentionally Connect W...
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.
What I Wish Drew Brees Had Whispered to His...
I want more for Drew Brees and his sons than just what they can earn. And Jesus offers more.
God Used a Parakeet to Love Our Daughter
Of all the stories about raising six children we’ve told over the years, this is probably our favorite.
My Son Was Addicted to a Smartphone
The patterns I saw in my child’s behavior opened my eyes to the damage my phone had done.
A Pop Star’s Surprising Perspective on Pur...
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.
Should Your Family Cancel Dinner?
It’s not always practical to eat dinner as a family. The solution? Give yourself and your family some grace and cancel dinner tonight.
Saturdays Are for Winning
Instead of my husband abandoning us for the woods or holing up in a man cave glued to ESPN, we’ve made fall Saturdays family days.
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.
Yes, Momcations are a Thing
Kid-free trips either alone or with girlfriends is an idea I can get behind.
Your Child Is Not Your Enemy
Here are eight ways we can fight for, not against, our children in their hard-to-handle moments.
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.
7 Ideas for Engaging With Your Kids This Sum...
The school year is filled with other obligations, but the summer belongs to us.
Respecting Your Son’s Desire to Provide an...
God put inside every boy something that stirs him to be brave and protective.
Parenting Is Not About Raising Well-Behaved...
If you view your kids as sinners who need salvation, you’ll see parenting as a rescue mission.
Don’t Do Motherhood Alone
Having another mom who’s already been through both the calm and rough waters of your current stage in life can be a beautiful gift from God. Here are some suggestions for finding that kind of mentor.
50 Things You Can Say to Make Your Child Fee...
A list for parents who want their children to know their love and God’s love.
Verses From The Book Of Proverbs To Teach Yo...
These verses can become the centerpiece of kitchen table discussions and a tour guide for difficult conversations.
25 Things a Dad Should Teach a Boy
Use this helpful list as a springboard for spending quality time with your sons.
Becoming a Mom A Process of New Discovery
Facing the upcoming birth of our first baby has caused me to struggle with my change in identity … but perhaps it isn’t a “new” identity after all.
Can a Mom Be Too Close to her Daughter?
We all want connection with our daughters, but when we become overly close, it can hinder their transition to adulthood.
Discipline for the Strong Willed Child
My son, Aaron, taught me valuable lessons on how to choose my battles … and win them.
11 Best Practices for Dating as a Single Par...
Dating for two is difficult; dating in a crowd is downright complicated.
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?
A Surprising Antidote for Sibling Rivalry
Teaching your children to help others is a lifetime gift to them and to everyone they encounter.
Q&A: How do I stop my child from cursing...
Don't ever think that training your child's language is in vain.
3 Truths We Need to Teach Our Kids About Bei...
Filling our hearts and minds with the things of God will quench the hunger that the world cannot.
They Didn’t Know How to Have ‘Th...
How Doug and Deb Gulbranson used Passport2Purity® to teach their children about the pressures they would face as teenagers.
Talking to Your Kids About Transgender Issue...
Your kids will encounter this issue someday. How will you handle their questions?
5 Reasons to Make Family Worship a Priority
The practice of family worship is a crucial discipline for spiritually healthy families.
5 Ways My Parents Shaped My Spiritual Life
My parents showed me how to walk as a believer and honor Christ in all things.
Teaching Children About Having A Heart That...
Here’s a ‘game’ I developed to help my kids understand spiritual priorities as they begin to face the pressures and temptations of their world.
Training Our Children to Pray
Rather than only teaching them simple prayers they can memorize and recite, we need to intentionally educate our children about what prayer should look like.
Stories of Changed Lives and Transformed Leg...
Stories of resurrected marriages Stories of good marriages strengthened Stories of lifelong marriages Premarriage stories Stories of parenting challenges Salvation stories At FamilyLife, we love to tell stories about what God does in families. He saves marriages. He strengthens homes. He changes lives for eternity through the gospel of Jesus Christ. We hope that you […]
10 Tips for Leading Marriage Small Groups
Significant life change can happen in the context of small groups. In this setting, group members can feel safe to discuss issues and share experiences on a more personal level. One of the keys to small group effectiveness is the leaders and the preparations they make. We asked Scott and Sue Allen, small group leaders […]
4 Reasons You Should Intentionally Disciple...
If you don’t shape your children, with God’s help, the world will.
5 Things We Can Do to Build Up Marriage
“I sat down to type a scathing rant about gay marriage,” wrote blogger Matt Walsh. “I sat down to tell the world that gay marriage is the greatest threat to the sanctity of marriage. But then I remembered … a sign I saw on the side of the road a little while back. Divorce for sale! […]
Not Every Mom Must Be a Natural Homemaker
Sincere love and an emotional haven are worth so much more than a perfect house and a gourmet meal.
What Is Your Family’s ‘Brand’?
An important part of parenting is determining who you are, what things you stand for, and how you’ll pass those values on to your children.
Stories of HomeBuilders
The Art of Marriage® Couples devotionals Explore FamilyLife eMentoring™ Global Outreach HomeBuilders Couples Series® LifeReady® Military Passport2Purity® Preparing for Marriage Resurrection Eggs® Stepping Up™ Weekend to Remember® marriage getaway What God Wants for Christmas® At FamilyLife, we love to tell how God works through ordinary people to changes lives for eternity. And we’re so […]
Helping Your Children Put Their Trust in Chr...
Your calling as a parent is to model a faith that is authentic and strong.
Keeping Your Family Stable in an Unstable Wo...
Four practical suggestions for facing uncertain times with faith and courage.
Raising Kids in an ‘Anything Goes̵...
In the minds of most teenagers, there is no universal standard for sexual morality of absolutes beyond a person’s own view as to what makes sexual activity right or wrong.
A Safe House Begins With You
Your love for your child should define your relationship—just as God’s love defines His relationship with us as His children.
2 Simple Ways to Teach Respect to Young Chil...
Training preschoolers can be overwhelming, but starting small will build a strong foundation for more lessons to come.
Pointing Your Children to God When They Fall
As much as we hate it, our children lose control, make poor choices, and deal with shame, grief, and remorse. That’s when they need you the most.
Raising Sons During the ‘Crisis of Man...
It's a daunting era to raise a son into a man, but here's a game plan for shaping growing boys into godly men.
Disciplining Your Children Is Challenging, b...
Seeing the fruit of correcting your children requires delayed gratification.
8 Ways to Be a Super Mom (Not Supermom)
There is no such thing as a superhero mother. Here’s how to stop trying to do it all and start learning to be you.
My Surprising Secret to Success as a Mom
Truly excelling as a mom is not about showing our kids how amazing we are, but how much we need Jesus.
The Seasons of Motherhood: Recognizing Chall...
Looking back on my life, I have found one of the most helpful ways to gain perspective on your current situation is to see life in terms of seasons.
10 Ideas to Challenge Your Teenage Son to Ma...
Here are a few steps you can take to create the right environment for your son to grow in his faith while he’s still living in your home.
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.
You Will Always Be Your Daughter’s Fir...
As a father, you need to love her not only when she is your sweet, affectionate girl, but also when she’s a real pain in the neck.
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.
I Thought I Married the Wrong Person
Editor’s note: This article was adapted from the story of a woman who attended one of FamilyLife’s I Still Do™ events between 1999-2002. As we prepare to hold three new I Still Do events this summer and fall, we thought you’d be encouraged by this testimony about the importance of the marriage covenant. Soon after […]
Who’s Running Things Around Here?
The undeniable fact is that God expects parents to lead the family.
Helping Your Teenage Daughter Become a Woman
Here are five questions to consider as you seek to help your daughter grow in godliness.
Making Your Home a Hub of Faith
Ideas for creating a gravitational pull that brings family members closer to each other and to God.
Teaching Toddlers to Do Chores
As parents we can grow accustomed to doing everything for our young children and lose the opportunity to teach them responsibility.
3 Ways to Bring Your Children to Jesus
While we should strive to be a godly example by the way we live, we must be proactive in teaching our children about God.
5 Important Scriptures for My Family
My desire is to incorporate these truths into the fabric of my family’s values.
Lessons From a Basketball Coach: The Value o...
How the high school coach of NBA star LeBron James teaches his players about the value of serving others.
Are You a “Mean Mom”?
The definition of the word mean is to be unkind or malicious. But a good mean mom defines the word quite a bit differently.
Are You in an Abusive Relationship? -2
When the abuse first begins, many women in abusive relationships aren’t sure if what they are experiencing is abusive. In fact, one of the biggest hurdles to addressing domestic violence is that very few victims self-identify as experiencing abuse. Many think abuse happens to “those women” and don’t want to have the stigma of being […]
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.
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.
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.
Doing Nothing Is Not an Option
Marriages and families were dishonored on Presidents’ Day when AshleyMadison.com, the online dating site that promotes adultery and extramarital affairs, launched its latest national campaign for infidelity. One of the billboards landed in my community, only miles from FamilyLife headquarters … and my home. The billboard boasts, “Who said cheaters never prosper? Happy Presidents Day!” […]
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.
A Final Gift to a Grieving Wife
Fifteen years ago last month, my brother was killed. A drunken driver cut short his life as he pulled a late-night shift for a fellow police officer in Hawaii. Jay took every opportunity he could to earn enough money to move his wife and two young children from their apartment into a real home. He died […]
25 Summertime Ideas to Keep Your Kids Occupi...
A compilation of creative tips for the lazy days of summer.
All They Could Do Was Pray
Tom and Brenda Preston waited for years for a prodigal son to come to God.
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?
5 Strategies to Win the Battle for Your Teen...
The arsenal of weapons employed against this generation of teens is unmatched in human history.
Teaching Kids the Difference Between Discern...
We need to help our kids carefully discern good from evil without developing hearts that condemn others.
Giving Your Daughter Away
Part of raising daughters is knowing that, at some point, you probably will turn your responsibilities over to another man.
Why Do So Many Kids Leave the Church?
Too many kids grow up seeing their parents endorsing one thing and living out another.
15 Ways to Find a Babysitter
It’s often not easy for parents to find reliable babysitters they can afford and trust.
6 Dysfunctional Parenting Styles
Spiritually healthy parents walk each day, step by step, with God as their guide.
Deserted By His Dad
Brian Yak didn’t want to get married until he had the chance to meet his biological father … and get some answers.
Faking Faith … for 18 Years
Jessica Thompson learned that being a good kid doesn’t equal being a Christian.
31 Questions to Help You Be a Better Parent
Answer these questions with honesty, humility, and dependence on God's power.
Books to Read to Your Family
Here are a few Bibles and works of Christian literature that my family enjoys reading together.
Even Toddlers Can Memorize Scripture
If toddlers can memorize favorite songs and stories, why not help them learn the Word of God?
Helping Your Children Know Their Gifts
Your job is to help your children grow into the adults God intended them to be.
Capturing the Memories and Lessons of Your F...
I lost my dad recently. He was the first really close person that I had lost, and the emotions of it all continue to be excruciating. I’ve gone through cycles of grief and sadness, feeling alone as I lost one of my biggest cheerleaders. Standing beside a casket gives an incredible sense of finality—no more […]
10 Ways to Help Parents of Children With Spe...
“Some of the greatest needs we have are understanding and friendship.”
A Note to Jimmy Kimmel, From a Fellow Heart...
Our life with Annie hasn’t been easy. But it’s been worth it.
‘I’m Sorry … It’s He...
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.
25 Tips for Avoiding Mom Burnout
A list for those who—like me—struggle with overcommitting and overworking.
5 Generations of Fathering
My ancestors have kept His commandments and have passed them on to the next generation. Now it’s my turn.
Editor’s Note: Here are three recipes mentioned on the July 12, 2014, broadcast of FamilyLife This Week®. The bon bon recipe is very old; if you try to make it, we hope that you are successful and have fun! Bon Bons (Dalcie Rainey) 2 cups sugar 1/2 cup white corn syrup 1/2 cup whipping cream […]
Teaching Your Children to Be Good Conversati...
Training our kids to be good conversationalists is an example of living out the second great commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Are You Blessing Your Children?
A parent can influence children to become who God created them to be—not by manipulation or force but by watering the seeds God has planted.
Leaving a Legacy to My Children
My ancestors left me a godly heritage, and my passion is to pass that on to my own kids.
Taking Dad to the Super Bowl
Three players from this week’s game, and the fathers who influenced them.
If You Want to Tame Your Child’s Tongu...
One of the greatest gifts we can give our children is disciplined speech.
Murray Family Code
Karis Kimmel Murray describes the “Murray Family Code.” She and her husband developed these rules to emphasize practical and biblical expectations for how family members will live and treat each other.
Giving Our Children a Clearer Picture of God
God’s grace serves as the self-healing mechanism for our inadequate lenses when we fail at love, forgiveness, and grace itself.
Parenting Is a Mission of Mercy
You are God’s first responders, called to run in with help when your child is in danger because of burning desire or an attack of temptation.
Teaching Children to Value All People
Christians share a common identity in Christ, which takes precedence over ethnicity and every other difference that tends to divide us.
What Makes a Child Truly Great?
When we scutilize our parenting priorities, we often find that, although we are followers of Christ, we are also products of a compelling Western mindset.
Controlling Your Anger
A potentially dangerous accident with my son taught me a lesson in temper management.
7 Priorities for Great Parenting
If we had only 30 minutes to talk with you, here's the advice we would pass on.
It’s Up to Parents to Teach God’...
Accepting the responsibility of teaching the Bible in your home will equip your kids to live by it when they are grown.
How to Really Know Your Daughter
It was a real revelation to me that I could pursue a relationship with my daughters by dating them.
40 Sweet Memories Mothers Long to Relive
I’ve been swept up in a wave of longing—for the old familiar, for the sweet memories of days gone by.
5 Reasons Moms Lose Patience and 5 Ways to B...
A list of ideas for developing an ever-elusive character trait.
Ever Feel Like You’re Ruining Your Kid...
One of the hardest things about raising young children is that we feel we’re making no progress.
Helping Your Teen Avoid the Anger Trap
Some solid convictions that we believe every family should embrace.
Disciplining Your Children Without Losing Yo...
Six guidelines for controlling your emotions while correcting your kids.
It Was Time for ‘The Talk’
A Passport2Purity weekend gave me the opportunity to talk with my daughter about the issues she would face as a teenager ... and we had fun, too!
Will Your Kids Be Ready for the Real World?
Youth entitlement seems to have reached epidemic proportions in both my family and society as a whole.
Remembering My Daddy’s Prayer
I wondered how I could communicate biblical truth to my daughter during her bedtime prayer. Then I remembered one great phrase from my childhood.
Administering Discipline for Attitude Proble...
What worked yesterday with a child may not work today, and you have to be flexible
Q&A: Discipline for an Older Child
What’s the best way to discipline my older child? Barbara: The toddler and preschool years are a time to lay the groundwork for behavior and for moral choices in your children. Once you’ve got a problem conquered in your 4-year-old, it’s easy to think, That’s been taken care of, and my child won’t ever do […]
Teaching Your Teen to Treat the Opposite Sex...
A few specifics that teenagers need to learn about the opposite sex.
The Myth of Successful Parenting
No matter how skillful you are, only God is sovereign over your children.
5 Things All Moms of Young Children Need to...
Here are some things I wish I could go back and tell myself when I was a brand new mom.
Its Not Your Job to Entertain Your Children
There’s more to mothering than keeping your kids amused.
Teaching Your Daughters to Tame Their Emotio...
A well-controlled passionate personality is a powerful thing. But a passionate personality that is unbridled can cause a world of damage.
Five Essentials to Leaving a Legacy that Wil...
Learn how to leave your children a heritage, not just an inheritance.
An Orphan’s Plea
What happened when a 15-year-old boy appeared in a Florida church, asking for a family.
3 Gifts Every Dad Should Give His Kids
A father's positive presence and parental participation are huge factors in raising children who love the Lord.
Their Greatest Legacy Is 60 Years of Marriag...
My parents’ commitment is a source of strength for their children and grandchildren.
She Had Nobody
When Laura and Steve Byers traveled 5,000 miles to Ukraine, they didn’t know the name of the little girl they would adopt. They had no idea what she would look like, or how old she would be. And they couldn’t comprehend how much she would change their lives. “How will we know it’s her?” Laura […]
Should You Provide a Financial Bailout for Y...
Before you rush to fix your child's problem, ask yourself whether you are truly helping him or her.
6 Lessons From My First 8 Months as a Dad
I felt under-prepared for my new role as a father, but I’m learning quickly
My First Daddy-Daughter Date
The idea of taking my 4-year-old daughter on a date had never crossed my mind. It didn't occur to me that I should treat her any different from her brothers.
Give Yourself a Time Out
I can't remember the last time I've been the only one at home and really experienced silence.
“Don’t Sin, Dad”
It's time to start considering how the sin we tolerate in our lives is impacting future generations.
The Power of a Lasting Marriage
"I am grateful for proof that two people can love each other for an entire lifetime."
Hey Mom, Who Says Things Have to Be Done the...
Make it a priority to teach your children to do things for themselves and others, even if it means those things aren’t done perfectly.
Lies Moms Should Stop Believing
When it comes to motherhood, plenty of land mines exist that we risk stepping on.
Q&A: Do I Have to Give Up Golf?
For too many years, husbands have abused their God-given role by eliminating the concept of servanthood from leadership.
Q&A: Teaching Children How to Resolve Co...
Three suggestions for modeling conflict resolution to your kids.
Questions Your Preteen Daughter Is Asking Ab...
Relationship secrets for girls entering adolescence.
Q&A: The First Kiss
I've heard some Christians lately urging their children to save their first kiss for a wedding kiss.
Q&A: What to Do About Children Expressin...
Our assignment as parents is to tenderize the child’s conscience to the Holy Spirit and to the law of God.
Teaching Your Child How to Manage Busyness
Getting a grip on schedules and activities is a gift that will never lose its value.
Teaching Your Child About Gods Views on Sex
God created sex, and your children need to know His purpose for it.
Teaching Your Teen How to Properly Express A...
When your child is angry you can help him understand what hurt him and work through that issue.
The Man Who Waited
It’s not easy to wait until marriage to begin having sex. But Tee Uzoigwe was determined to wait for God’s best.
Teaching Teens About Managing Anger
When your child is angry you can help him understand what hurt him and work through that issue.
Are You an Approachable Dad?
Two qualities you must develop if you want your children to turn to you.
Sex Is Not the Problem
If we had only 30 minutes to talk with you, here's the advice we would pass on.
Setting Standards for Your Family About Subs...
Form convictions that you can hold with integrity as you shape the life of your child.
Navigating the College Maze
Editor’s Note: John Bryson and Robert Lewis are co-creators of College Ready™, an innovative video-guided experience for high school juniors and seniors. John and Robert were interviewed on FamilyLife Today by radio host Dennis Rainey, and his co-host, Bob Lepine. The following was adapted from this interview: Robert: College is one of life’s most defining moments. It […]
Replace Whining With Gratitude in Your Child...
Combing the day for things you’re thankful for can replace your old way of seeing the world.
How I Learned About the Value of Consequence...
My father loved me enough to let me feel the full extent of my actions.
By inviting a friend into my messy home, I gave her a way to connect with me on a real level. I extended her an invitation into my heart.
Mothers of Courage
The protection of our lives and the lives of our children is best left in God’s hands.
Introduction to Fatherhood
I've been told that the most emotionally stressful event in a man's life is the birth of his first child.
What I Learned About God From My Children
God uses our children to help us learn to walk in the Spirit and build our character.
Love and Leadership for the All Pro Dad
Great organizations and great families are fueled by loving leaders.
When to Say NO as a Mom
You can’t do everything. Here are nine strategies to help you set some boundaries.
Losing a Child at 35 Weeks in the Womb
Our daughter is in heaven, but we here on earth have have an incredible opportunity.
Coping With Guilt as a Single Parent
If you let guilt over divorce cripple you, it can keep you from giving your children the love they need.
‘How Far Is Too Far?’ Is the Wro...
The choice between sexual purity and sexual experimentation is an key battle for Christian youth today. This deadly trap snares millions of teens.
How I Got Serious About Laughter
My second daughter reminded me that laughter should be an important ingredient in our family.
How Did I End Up Being a Working Mom
We did not have a definite plan to transform desires into reality.
Hooked: The Bonding Power of Sex
Why parents need to help their children navigate the sexually-charged adolescent years.
How Can the Single Mom Do It?
From watching my single mother as I was growing up, and from watching many women in that situation, here are four essentials to succeed as a single mom.
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 Pressu...
Dennis and Barbara Rainey, parenting, ages and stages, teens
Harmless Flirting or Sexual Foreplay?
What might seem like just a sweet little encounter could be giving the guy a mixed message. And it could lead you to more sexual intimacy than you imagined.
Grocery Stores, Little Bandits, and Toy Cart...
A mother reflects on the days when her daughter was young.
Honey, We’re Going to Move
I was at a crossroad. Would I stand in the Lord's way and deny my husband this opportunity because I was afraid?
From the Valley to the Mountaintop
The birth of our twin granddaughters reminds me of the lessons God teaches us in the joys and the hardships of life.
God Is Not Threatened by My Heartbreak
When I trusted God enough to call out to Him, I learned that He wanted to share in my grief.
Guiding Your Teen Through the Dating Game
We suggest four convictions that all parents should consider and uphold.
Helping Your Children Win at Purity
The battle for a child’s purity is real, and as parents it’s our task to set them up for success.
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 […]
Freedom: The Teen Addiction
Learn why freedom is so important to teens and how to help them channel that freedom without causing a revolution.
Helping Your Child Resist Peer Pressure
In order to teach our children, we parents must embrace three core convictions.
Helping Your Child Set Wise Standards on Sub...
There are three critical tasks that parents must personally embrace before helping their children.
Forgiveness Is a Gift of Love
A champion gymnast learns that healing for her troubled relationship with her father takes more than hard work and determination. An excerpt from a new book, Growing Together in Forgiveness.
The Choices Fathers Make
Good parenting is often the difference in choosing between self-sacrifice and self.
The Intentional Mom
Being purposeful doesn’t mean taking everything super seriously, it just means thinking about things we may not otherwise think about in the busyness of life.
The Gumnazo Principle Child Discipline Is a...
Helping your child practice the right thing to do is just as important as identifying the wrong thing to do.
The New Dating Culture
Though it encourages socializing in groups, it also leads to casual sex among friends
The Noblest of Callings
Contrary to what the culture might say, being a full-time mother is not settling for second best
What I’ve Learned From My Kids
A collection of lessons from parents who have been through the battle.
25 Ways to Address Sibling Rivalry
It's been around as long as there have been children, but what do you do when they're your children?
Three Cheers for the Meanest Mom
The courageous choice of one mom gives us confidence to also be strong with our teens.
Which Way Is Your Deck Chair Facing
Many Christians have not taken a strong look at what they believe in.
What Will Matter 25 Years From Now?
I’m a Type-A person, and helping my girls make a dollhouse was not on my agenda for the day.
Three Powerful Dynamics of a Mission Minded...
God will help you focus your family toward making a strong impact for His kingdom.
Warning: Tween With an Attitude!
God used this volatile time in my daughter's life to teach me a lesson, too.
’13 Reasons Why’ and the Tragedy...
The popular Netflix series seeks to address a worthy issue, but it has some troubling flaws.
4 Reasonable Concerns About ‘13 Reasons Wh...
Observations about the Netflix series from a junior high teacher.
Do You Know What Your Kids Are Up To?
Your kids need you to hold them accountable in the area of dating.
The Tidal Wave of Media and Todays Teens
Since we live in a media-driven world, how can we stay on top of the media?
Q&A: Teaching Children to Apologize
We need to realize that we are not just asking for an apology, but we are also training their consciences.
Does Good Parenting Guarantee Good Kids?
There are no foolproof methods of parenting, because there are no perfect parents.
Don’t Let Suffering Break Your Spirit
Healthy ways to deal with grief from the parent of a prodigal.
Q&A: Neutralizing Adolescent Anger
Distinguishing between appropriate and inappropriate expressions of anger.
What a Life, What a Legacy
A tribute to J.T. Walker, a man who was passionate about his God, his family, and his church.
What Does God Think About Children?
It's time for a heart-check about children in the Christian community. Do we truly have God's heart for children? Do we really believe children are a blessing?
We Thought Adoption Would Mess Up Our Family...
September 2006 Like many Christians I know, my wife, Erin, and I had discussed whether adoption is something we would ever do. We liked to think that we would. The topic never really came up more than a handful of times. Then some friends of ours who had adopted invited us to an “If You […]
Why Do Traditions Matter?
Traditions are a lot like heirlooms ... both probably have come to us through our families. Some you love; you can't imagine life without them. And some you're stuck with..
Teaching by Grace
How was I going to instruct my daughters about the importance of purity when I was so immoral as a teenager?
Dads Daughters and Dating
Part of our responsibility as parents is to help our daughter navigate appropriate relationships, especially dating relationships.
Where Are the Fathers
We face an unprecedented crisis in America today—the physical and emotional absence of fathers.
Diagnosis: Mom Burnout
Yes, I was overcommitted and working my tail off for good, even great things. But why in the world was I doing this?
Q&A: Defeating Discouragement in Motherh...
We need to realize that emotions are a part of God’s image imbedded and imprinted within us.
The Incredible Privilege of Motherhood
To invest your time and best efforts into children and to watch them grow, develop, and excel is to be part of the creative majesty of life itself.
Q&A: Discipline for a Young Child
What’s the best approach to discipline with my young child? Barbara: When a child is a toddler, he or she is in what I call “the training 2s.” When children are 2-5 years old, I call this the “intense training” stage. During these early years, you will notice your children becoming more defiant and rebellious—more […]
Checking Your Child’s Convictions Abou...
Keep your ears and eyes open and in tune to what’s going on in your child’s life, and to all that he is exposed to. Keep the lines of communication open.
Protecting Your Teen From the Busyness Trap
Children must be taught that cutting others down in any way is repulsive because every person is made in the image of God.
Conquering Cut-Downs Between Your Children
Children must be taught that cutting others down in any way is repulsive because every person is made in the image of God.
You Can Do It Mom
Stay-at-home mothering doesn't have to be so hard, and you don't have to do it alone. There are resources all around you to help you be the kind of mom you want to be.
Doing What God Wants Me to Do
They thought their "baby days" were over, but they didn't know what the Lord would do next.
10 Ideas for Non-Digital Family Fun on Road...
Whether your family is taking a short trip to Grandma's house or a cross-country vacation in the family car, these interactive activities will help the time pass more quickly.
What would happen if families went on trips together without all the electronic distractions?
Give Your Children You
When we give ourselves without reservation to our children, we draw them to us.
On the Road Again
Early on, we realized we needed to plan our time in the car as well as we planned the activities at our destinations.
Q&A: Making Memories With Your Children
Your family should be found guilty of having too much fun, rather than too little.
How to Pray Big for Your Child
Three characteristics of prayers God answers, and three characteristics to avoid.
Aggressive Girls and Clueless Boys
Increasingly, girls are aggressively pursuing boys—in high school, middle school, and even earlier—in numbers we never saw in the past.
He Was Tired of Acting Like a Wimp
Sometimes the most courageous thing a man can do is to simply open a door.
Q&A: A Fathers Presence
Being the father that our children need does not require perfection—it requires courage.
Advice to My Graduating Senior
The greatest commandments are to love God and love others, but what does this look like for a college student?
Fathers Fanning the Flames of Faith
Building a simple fire pit in the backyard was key in building up the spiritual condition of our children.
I’m Not Alone in Parenting
Listening to FamilyLife Today has given me the encouragement to persevere.
Dressed for Service Not Success
A few ideas on how parents can start cultivating an attitude of service in simple ways, by weaving threads of humility, consideration, and an "others-first" attitude into the fabric of everyday life.
Equipping Our Children With a Map for Life
In the battle for the hearts and minds of our children, we need to recognize that they need our intentional guidance in countering the deceptions of life.
Helping Your Children Understand Natural Dis...
Explaining natural disasters and help children work through the issues.
Parental Love and Acceptance
Parental love is the first love a child experiences and the first love he (she) understands.
Parenting Advice in a Pleasure Seeking World
How can Christian parents encourage their children to become followers of Jesus Christ?
Peace at Home
The second requirement of teaching children to be peacemakers is to help them understand the root cause of their conflicts.
Shaping Your Child’s Destiny
Helping children understand that significance is found in fulfilling God’s purpose for their lives.
Should Children Be Exposed to a Relatives Li...
What kind of exposure should my children have to a relative who is in an inappropriate or ungodly lifestyle?
Considering Adoption in the Face of Infertil...
Encouragement for those who have doubts about adopting.
How to Develop a Bond with an Adopted Child
It begins with the process of attachment—the deep sense of belonging to each other.
Orphans … Who Cares?
If you spend much time studying God and His priorities and passions, you will learn why caring for orphans matters to Him.
When we got out of the car, I could tell I had picked a bad day to bring a little kid to the mall.
Don’t Let Your Kids Get Away With Lyin...
Lying, no matter how small, is a big deal. If our children are going to develop the discipline to always embrace the truth, it will be with our help.
Guiding Your Teen Away From the Deceit Trap
As we shape our children’s convictions we need to be careful to give them God’s perspective of lies, false appearances, and misrepresentations of the truth.
How Well Is Your Child Avoiding the Deceit T...
Here are some ways to test how well your child is handling the deceit trap.
Modeling a Commitment to Excellence for Your...
We need to model and teach a commitment to excellence.
Q&A: Helping Your Homesick Campers
This can be a time in your child’s life when she can begin to wean herself from her parents and begin to form her own identity.
Q&A: Lying and Deceitfulness in Teenager...
The child who is developing more complex thinking abilities now has a better set of tools to use in being deceitful.
Do your children know what you expect of them when they spend the night with a friend?
Teaching Your Child Excellence Through House...
Our children have approached their simple household chores with all the enthusiasm normally expressed for a root canal.
Teaching Your Children to Handle Money
You can use all sorts of methods to teach your children how to earn, save, invest, and spend wisely.
Values Are Your Most Important Parenting Too...
Your children are watching where you spend your time, money, and resources.
How Do You Want to Be Remembered?
In a FamilyLife Today interview, Dennis Rainey and Bob Lepine say that all of us are called by God to leave something behind—to have an impact on the next generation.
Modeling Godly Expressions of Anger for Your...
We need to work at modeling appropriate expressions of anger.
How UCLA Coach John Wooden Learned About Bui...
The beloved coach was raised by a father who believed in building character.
Our Children Need Us
Our love will be the stabilizing power that I hope God will use to pull this child through these turbulent times.
Protecting Your Children From Sexual Predato...
Guidance for teaching your children to be sensitive to potential danger.
Calling Your Child to a Commitment to Excell...
Our children need to catch a vision for being an ambassador for Christ.
Can You Afford to Become a Stay-at-Home Mom
Some financial advice to help you re-orient your values and save money.
Carpool Queens and Sleepover Divas
Becoming involved in your child’s friendships can mean taking on some interesting roles.
Caught in a Tug of War
Parents often feel tired from fighting the influences of the culture, but let me encourage you to hang on.
Building Friendships With Your Young Childre...
Eight "foundation builders" to help parents as they seek to cultivate strong friendships with their young children.
Bringing Home a New Sibling
Practical tips for relieving some of the natural rivalry between siblings and helping them to develop an appreciation for one another.
An Unexpected Gift: Raising a Child With a L...
As we learned more about our son, it felt like we were unwrapping a precious gift. Each testing day brought new insights into how his amazing brain worked.
Before the Hormones Hit
Don't waste the incredible opportunity you have during the "golden years" to prepare your children for adolescence.
Age-Appropriate Chores for Children
What chores can children do at specific ages? The following chart gives some ideas of what is possible.
Are Children Boring?
In most cases I find boredom to be a function of attitude—a result of my own selfishness and lack of vision or initiative or creativity.
Becoming a Family of Purpose
These ideas won't cure every problem in your home, but they will help you refocus on kingdom purposes.
Answering the Call of Family Worship
Three steps that will help you spiritually invest in your family.
Are You Ready to Adopt?
Here are some issues to consider as you consider adding to your family through adoption.
Balancing Work and Family
Somewhere between the deadlines and the to-do list, I'd forgotten the most important ministry God had entrusted to me: my family.
Becoming a Real Father
Are you making memories with your children? Those moments may be the best times of their lives.
Becoming a Cyber Savvy Parent
Your kids know all about the latest phone and internet technologies. So do pornographers. Donna Rice Hughes talks about the importance of protecting your children.
A Great Patriarch
God allowed me to spend a few precious hours with a husband, father, and grandfather finishing the race strong and loving his family during his last hours on earth.
10 Ideas: Living the Gospel in Your Home
If the gospel is central to your life, it also must be central in your family.
A Treasure to Give Our Children
We can’t take the gospel for granted; instead we need to safeguard it and deliver it unaltered to the next generation.
A Conversation at Walmart Naming a Birth Mot...
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Failure Reject Not Worthy to be a Mother
The story of one couple's journey from infertility to adoption.
10 Ideas for Building Strong Bodies and Home...
Exercise can help you feel better, and also provide a great way to connect with your kids and loved ones. I well remember some childhood games of touch football with Dad and my siblings—right in front of two big magnolia trees. And who could forget the family obstacle course that Jim and my sons once […]
10 Ideas Remembering Everyday Moments
Practical suggestions to help you remember what shapes your family’s life and legacy.
‘You Are Not My Coach’
Sometimes we learn great things about life from our kids. In this case, I learned the hard way about not exasperating my son.
A Tired Angry Mom
Just because God promises us that all things work together for our good doesn’t mean all things are easy.
22 Ways to Really Listen to Your Children
Be patient. Don’t complete their sentences. Let them finish, even if it seems they are rambling. Don’t interrupt. Face your child and make eye contact. Lean forward, if you’re seated, to show you’re interested. Take advantage of passive moments such as watching a video, listening to music, or sitting on the edge of their bed […]
A Sabbath for Mommy
A mother’s work is never done: Feed the baby, change the baby, wash the dishes, sweep the floor, cook dinner … There’s nothing worse than filling the dishwasher twice in one day only to find that there are still dishes left in the sink! Since the birth of my son, I have found myself working […]
40 Lessons We Sought to Teach Our Children
Here's a list of values and character traits that helped us focus on biblical priorities in our parenting.