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  • Addressing Stress

    July 13, 2020 by

    Studies show that kids are more stressed than ever before. In this Power Parenting video, Bobby Cooley explains the difference between healthy and unhealthy stress. He also provides some ideas that parents can implement to help their kids manage their stress.

  • Is It Time for Our Kids to Have a Cell Phone?

    July 10, 2020 by

    By Danny Huerta, MSW, LCSW, LSSW The purpose for having a phone contract is to make sure everyone in the family is on the same page and in agreement with cell phone expectations. The goals are to encourage relationship, conversation, and responsibility with and without devices. “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it… Read more

  • Teen Attitudes and Body Language

    July 6, 2020 by

    By Jill Savage Our teens are quickly growing into the adults they will become. Help them respond respectfully, not emotionally. “Will you please empty the dishwasher?” I asked my 15-year-old son one afternoon after school. By the response I got, you would have thought I’d asked the boy to climb a mountain. A heavy sigh… Read more

  • Walking Alongside Your Teen

    July 3, 2020 by

    By Focus on the Family Your goal is to learn about your teen, and it will take some time. An old Ozark Mountain friend shared some wisdom with my dad a few years ago: “The older I get, the less I know for sure!” That’s how I felt when I was raising my teen girls.… Read more

  • 4 Powerful Ways to Love Your Teens and Help Them Like You Back (Maybe)

    July 2, 2020 by

    By Jessie Minassian Invest in your relationship, not only to keep you from regret, but to also give your teens a solid footing for their lives ahead    Listen to a broadcast about teens with Jessie Minassian. An eye roll (or 20). A smashed bumper. Indifference and disrespect. Eating the last of your favorite ice cream,… Read more

  • How to Talk to a Reluctant Teen

    July 1, 2020 by

    By Focus on the Family Six ideas for starting conversations with reluctant teens How do you start a conversation with a reluctant teen? Here are six ideas to try. 1. Talk about a “neutral” issue. Not every conversation has to be about feelings and relationships. Read a book and discuss the choices the characters made.… Read more

  • Sticking With Your Teen: Having to Say You’re Sorry

    June 30, 2020 by

    By Focus on the Family The most powerful words we can say to our kids (“I’m sorry”) are also the most humbling – and sometimes the most painful. “I’m sorry. What I did was wrong.” Those words are rarely heard by anyone. They are heard even less by children. Then there is the ultimate rarity… Read more

  • Keeping Your Kids Healthy Year Round

    June 29, 2020 by

    By Carol Cuppy Keeping your kids and family healthy this year is one of the most important things you can do. Washing your hands early and often, along with these other practical tips, will help prevent the spread of illness, and will help keep your family healthy. No matter what time of year, concern for… Read more

  • A Band of Cousins – Encouraging Family Bonding

    June 26, 2020 by

    By Various Authors and Susan Alexander Yates Give your grandkids shared experiences to help them build stronger bonds with one another. For grandparents, there’s nothing more satisfying than getting to know each grandchild as an individual—and seeing our family bonding as cousins connect with one another. As we build lasting memories with our grandkids, we… Read more

  • When Helping Our Kids Doesn’t Help

    June 25, 2020 by

    By Jonathan McKee Sometimes letting kids make mistakes can be the best help a parent can give. I was doing research for a book I was writing, If I Had a Parenting Do Over. I had regrets, but really, I wanted to hear from other parents. What is something they wish they could do over?… Read more

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