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Christian mom or dad, could you use some encouragement and support? Put your ear buds in for this Christian parenting podcast and get practical, faith-based inspiration through all stages of parenting — raising toddlers, navigating the school-age years, preparing for puberty, and seeing your teen soar with confidence. Hosted by Danny Huerta, in every 8 to 15 minute episode, you’ll hear parenting experts share Biblical truths, effective parenting techniques, and useful resources that will help you feel equipped as a mom or dad in today’s culture.
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What did you dream your child would become when he or she was little? John and Danny discuss some of the aspirations their kids had growing up. Plus, Jim Daly and Dr. Kathy Koch share about showing your child unconditional love, even when they don't accomplish something you wanted them to.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast, or call 1-800-A-FAMILY.   Receive the book Resilient Kids for your donation of any amount!   Learn About the 7 Traits of Effective Parenting   Core Needs List   How to Raise Adaptable Kids    Listen Anytime   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
How do you respond when your child messes up? Danny tells John about how he responded to a time he was disappointed in one of his kids. You'll also hear Dr. Kathy Koch and Jim Daly discuss healthy ways to affirm your kids when they're trying.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast, or call 1-800-A-FAMILY.   Receive the book Resilient Kids for your donation of any amount!   Learn About the 7 Traits of Effective Parenting   Core Needs List   5 Emotional and Relational Intelligence Skills    Listen Anytime   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
Get Bitter or Get Better

Get Bitter or Get Better

2023-09-1413:001

When difficult circumstances come up, you can choose to respond well or not. Julie Hornok shares with Jim Daly about how she learned to respond well after her daughter's autism diagnosis. Also, John and Danny share how a parent can keep a good attitude in the midst of tough circumstances.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast, or call 1-800-A-FAMILY.   United in Autism with audio download of "Don't Give Up: Raising a Child with Autism"   Learn About the 7 Traits of Effective Parenting   Encouraging Social and Behavioral Development in Children with Special Needs   Contact our Counseling Department    Listen Anytime   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
How do you stay hopeful when the dreams you had for your child don't happen? John and Danny address why it's good to grieve over your disappointed expectations. Plus, Jim Daly talks to Julie Hornok about how how she processed her daughter's special needs condition.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast, or call 1-800-A-FAMILY.   United in Autism with audio download of "Don't Give Up: Raising a Child with Autism"   Learn About the 7 Traits of Effective Parenting   Hope and Help for Parents with a Child with Autism   Contact our Counseling Department    Listen Anytime   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
How can you teach your kids to recognize God in the ordinary moments of life? Courtney Ellis talks with Jim Daly about ways she's teaching her kids to do just that. Plus, John Fuller and Danny Huerta discuss how to be more engaging with a child who isn't as interested in talking to you.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast, or call 1-800-A-FAMILY.   Receive the book "Almost Holy Mama" for your donation of any amount!   Learn About the 7 Traits of Effective Parenting   Who is God: Teaching Kids About God and His Nature   Contact our Counseling Department    Listen Anytime   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
Living in fear about your kids is not a healthy way to parent. To help you face your fears with confidence, John and Danny share why it's good to not be over-protective with your kids. Also, Focus President Jim Daly talks with Courtney Ellis about how she's learned to overcome some of her fears as a mother.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast, or call 1-800-A-FAMILY.   Receive the book "Almost Holy Mama" for your donation of any amount!   Learn About the 7 Traits of Effective Parenting   Find the Best of Parenting Resources   Visit the PluggedIn Site    Listen Anytime   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
This Isn't a Formula!

This Isn't a Formula!

2023-08-3110:51

If you have adult children, you know how raising mature kids isn't a one-size fits all formula. John and Danny will encourage you to not rely too much on formulas for raising kids. You'll also hear Jim Daly talk to Brenda Garrison about relying on the Lord when her daughter's needs didn't fit a parenting formula.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast, or call 1-800-A-FAMILY.   Receive the book "Love No Matter What" for your donation of any amount!   Learn About the 7 Traits of Effective Parenting   Contact our Counseling Department   When Adult Children Don’t Share Your Values    Listen Anytime   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
It's emotional when your son or daughter leaves home, and you become an empty nester. John and Danny share where they are in that journey; and Gary Thomas and Jim Daly will offer you a few tips for preparing for the empty nest years.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast, or call 1-800-A-FAMILY.   Receive the book "Sacred Parenting" for your donation of any amount!   Learn About the 7 Traits of Effective Parenting   Drink in the Beauty of Family Life   The Divine in the Daily Grind    Listen Anytime   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
When your child makes a mistake, you may be tempted to shield them from the consequences. John and Danny explain why that's not a good strategy for your parenting. Plus, Jim Daily will talk to Dr. Kathy Koch about an amazing parenting lesson she learned while on a trip to Africa.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast, or call 1-800-A-FAMILY.   Receive the book "Resilient Kids" for your donation of any amount!   Learn About the 7 Traits of Effective Parenting   Raising Resilient Kids   Contact our Counseling Department    Listen Anytime   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
Staying optimistic as a parent takes being intentional. John and Danny tell you whether they tend to be more of an optimist or a pessimist. Jim Daly and Dr. Kathy Koch discuss how to be real with your kids when they need to grow, without being negative.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast, or call 1-800-A-FAMILY.   Receive the book "Resilient Kids" for your donation of any amount!   Learn About the 7 Traits of Effective Parenting   Raising Resilient Kids   6 Ways to Help Your Highly Sensitive Child Thrive    Listen Anytime   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
Even though raising a child who has special needs is hard, there can be plenty of fun moments too. John Fuller talks with Danny about how funny memories can be made, even when your kid does something embarrassing. Also, Jim Daly and Julie Hornok tell some funny stories about some humorous things her daughter Lizzie did.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast, or call 1-800-A-FAMILY.   Receive the book "United in Autism" with audio download of "Don't Give Up: Raising a Child with Autism" for your donation of any amount!   Learn About the 7 Traits of Effective Parenting   Encouraging Social and Behavioral Development in Children with Special Needs   Contact our Counseling Department    Listen Anytime   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
Raising a child with special needs affects everyone close to that son or daughter. John Fuller shares with Danny about his own journey of raising a son with autism. You'll also hear Jim Daly chat with Julie Hornok about some of the pain she's had to overcome while raising her daughter Lizzie.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast, or call 1-800-A-FAMILY.   Receive the book "United in Autism" with audio download of "Don't Give Up: Raising a Child with Autism" for your donation of any amount!   Learn About the 7 Traits of Effective Parenting   Contact our Counseling Department   Hope and Help for Parents with a Child with Autism    Listen Anytime   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
In church, we tend to say, "serve your kids like Christ would." But what exactly does that look like? Jim Daly chats with Courtney Ellis on how she's learned to love her kids in a more God-honoring way, even when it's difficult. John and Danny also address how you can let go of fears as a parent.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast, or call 1-800-A-FAMILY.   Receive the book "Almost Holy Mama" for your donation of any amount!   Learn About the 7 Traits of Effective Parenting   Find the Best of Parenting Resources   Learning from the Prayer Life of Jesus    Listen Anytime   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
In a world so consumed by screens, it can be easy to overlook playing with your kids. John and Danny bring up how much time people are spending on their phones, and Jim Daly talks with Courtney Ellis about how she's learned to better control her tech-use as a mother.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast, or call 1-800-A-FAMILY.   Receive the book "Almost Holy Mama" for your donation of any amount!   Learn About the 7 Traits of Effective Parenting   PluggedIn   The Great Smartphone Debate    Listen Anytime   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
Don't Be So Serious!

Don't Be So Serious!

2023-08-0310:511

Regardless of your personality, it's good to have fun with you kids. Gary Thomas talks with Jim Daly about a time he learned to be grateful for the present moment as a father. Plus, John Fuller and Danny Huerta discuss how serious parents can learn to have fun.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast, or call 1-800-A-FAMILY.   Receive the book "Sacred Parenting" for your donation of any amount!   Learn About the 7 Traits of Effective Parenting   Contact our Counseling Department   From Helicopter Parent to Lighthouse Parent    Listen Anytime   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
When things don't go as planned, it can be easy to get upset as a mom or dad. Jim Daly and Gary Thomas talk about good and bad ways to handle your frustrations as a parent. John Fuller and Dr. Danny Huerta will also remind us how choosing to enjoy the moment can make a difference in your parenting.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast, or call 1-800-A-FAMILY.   Receive the book "Sacred Parenting" for your donation of any amount!   Learn About the 7 Traits of Effective Parenting   Find the Best of Parenting Resources   Recapturing Courage: What Kids Can Teach You About God    Listen Anytime   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
A big key to helping your kids succeed in life is teaching them to stop making excuses. Jim Daly speaks with Dr. Kathy Koch about four types of excuses kids can make. You'll also hear John and Danny share how you can practically help your kids eliminate excuses from their vocabularies.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast, or call 1-800-A-FAMILY.   Receive the book "Resilient Kids" for your donation of any amount!   Learn About the 7 Traits of Effective Parenting   Raising Resilient Kids   Find the Best of Parenting Resources    Listen Anytime   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
One of the best ways to teach your kids resiliency is to model it yourself. John and Danny share about a parent they admire for this quality. Plus, Jim Daly and Dr. Kathy Koch address why your innermost beliefs impact your ability to be resilient.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast, or call 1-800-A-FAMILY.   Receive the book "Resilient Kids" for your donation of any amount!   Learn About the 7 Traits of Effective Parenting   Raising Resilient Kids   5 Emotional and Relational Intelligence Skills    Listen Anytime   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
Raising a child with special needs is not easy. If you or someone you know is in that situation, John and Danny will offer some encouragement. Plus, Jim Daly and Julie Hornok speak about her experience of raising a daughter with autism.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast, or call 1-800-A-FAMILY.   Receive the book "United in Autism" for your donation of any amount!   Learn About the 7 Traits of Effective Parenting   Hope and Help for Parents with a Child with Autism   Encouraging Social and Behavioral Development in Children with Special Needs    Listen Anytime   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
Characters in the Bible are revered for their faithfulness, and yet, many of them had serious flaws too. The key for your parenting is in learning from their examples. John and Danny discuss their favorite Bible characters. Also, Jim Daly will chat with Lisa-Jo Baker on things we can learn from Jesus' disciple named Thomas.   Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/parentingpodcast, or call 1-800-A-FAMILY.   Receive the book "The Middle Matters" for your donation of any amount!   Learn About the 7 Traits of Effective Parenting   Leading Your Child to Christ   Teaching Your Kids to Read the Bible    Listen Anytime   If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
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