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.
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.
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"?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, Momcations are a Thing
Kid-free trips either alone or with girlfriends is an idea I can get behind.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Giving Your Daughter Away
Part of raising daughters is knowing that, at some point, you probably will turn your responsibilities over to another man.
5 Generations of Fathering
My ancestors have kept His commandments and have passed them on to the next generation. Now it’s my turn.
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.
Controlling Your Anger
A potentially dangerous accident with my son taught me a lesson in temper management.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Questions Your Preteen Daughter Is Asking Ab...
Relationship secrets for girls entering adolescence.
Are You an Approachable Dad?
Two qualities you must develop if you want your children to turn to you.
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 […]
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.
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.
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?
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
10 Ideas: Connecting With Your Kids
In today’s activity-packed society, it’s more important than ever to intentionally connect with your kids.
10 Ideas: Creating Quality Time With Your Ki...
These ideas will help you develop deeper relationships with your children despite a hectic schedule.
10 Ideas: Enjoy Spring With Your Kids
Connect with your children by getting outside for these fun activities.
Capturing Your Family Stories
In today's transient society, when family ties are weakening, children need to know their heritage.
Memories That Bind a Family
Your most valuable family possessions are the shared experiences and memories that link your hearts together.
A Parent’s Daily Prayer Guide
The greatest shield of protection we can provide for our children is prayer.
The Power of Praying for Your Children
What we learned about prayer for our children as they prepared for and entered adolescence.
Training Sons to Overcome Sexual Temptation
We should be working hard to save the hearts and futures of our sons from the pervasive decadence of a generation that is spinning aimlessly out of control.
10 Ideas: How to Be Your Daughter’s Da...
The only quality time that you will enjoy with your daughter is what flows from the quantity of time you invest with her.
How to be a Princess
As the bride of Christ, young women must learn to present themselves as valuable, priceless princesses.
Cutting the Apron Strings
When our children get married, we must let them grow independently of us, no matter how much it hurts.
Releasing Your Arrows
At some point, all parents need to release their children and trust in God's plan for their lives, no matter where that plan takes them.
Did You Do Something of Value Today?
Just one day can make the difference in a life wasted and one that leaves a legacy that will outlive us all.
Real Men Are Warriors Who Protect
As a husband and father, you are the warrior who has been charged with the duty of pushing back against the evil that seeks to prey on your wife, daughters, and sons. If you don’t step up, who will?
Stepping Up as a Dad
I realized I needed to be intentional in raising my children. Fortunately, I had a good model: my own father, Hook Rainey.
Avoiding Mama Burnout
Ten ideas to help keep you sane during the exhausting, overwhelming years with young children.
Fighting the Supermom Syndrome
How to keep from being burned-out by your full-time, stay-at-home-mom job.
What Makes an Incredible Mom?
No mom is perfect, but if you're looking for a standard, I would encourage any mother to grow in these five areas.