25 Years of Radio: A Mother’s Role

From the FamilyLife Today vault, hear classic content on motherhood and parenting from featured guest experts over the last 25 years.

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Total Family Makeover

Do you feel like you're being graded for how your kids turn out? Author Melissa Spoelstra reminds parents they are not their children's report card, and if they measure their parenting by their children's behavior it will lead to disappointment and discouragement. Instead of worrying about how their...

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Love Unending

Want to move your marriage off the back burner? Author and blogger Becky Thompson challenges wives to remember their courtship and do the things they did back then in order to see their marriages thrive. Thompson recalls how she met and then married her husband, Jared. After initially being disappoi...

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25 Years of Radio: A Mother's Role

From the FamilyLife Today vault, hear classic content on motherhood and parenting from featured guest experts over the last 25 years....

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Smart Love

In order to manage what you feel, you need to be able to understand why you're feeling it, explains authors and counselors David and Jan Stoop. You can manage your feelings by disciplining your thoughts and by understanding the language of emotions....

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25 Years of Radio: Raising Godly Kids

From the FamilyLife Today vault, hear classic content on romance, conflict resolution, parenting and other core topics from featured guest experts over the last 25 years....

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(un)Natural Mom

Hettie Brittz, author of "(un)Natural Mom," was eager to start her family when she married at 20. After delaying motherhood, she was thrilled when her baby girl was born. Motherhood proved more challenging than she expected, however. Brittz tells how God helped her be the mom her children needed. ...

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Raising Grateful Kids

Kristen Welch tells how she and her husband nipped their child's entitlement mentality in the bud. Kristen gives seven reasons parents overindulge their children, which results in kids who feel entitled....

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Missional Motherhood

Too many moms see limitations rather than the incredible opportunities they have to make disciples for Christ. Author Gloria Furman reminds mothers they have been designed to nurture the lives He creates. The biggest challenge, she admits, is forgetting that the Jesus she worships has walked out of...

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Mastering the Money Basics

Are your spending habits becoming a debt habit? Christian financial expert Ron Blue shares four biblical principles for building a healthy financial foundation for your family. Ron also talks to parents and students alike about the benefits of paying for college as you go rather than relying on stu...

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Your Presence Matters

Barbara Rainey encourages young women in their roles as wives and mothers and shares the need for older women to pass down wisdom to the next generation. Barbara shares wisdom from letters she wrote to her daughters....

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With All Due Respect

You want your teens to respect you. But do you respect them? Nina Roesner and Debbie Hitchcock, both mothers who work for Greater Impact Ministries, talk about the importance of appropriately communicating with your teen....

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Glimpses of Grace

God is in the monotonous. Gloria Furman, a pastor's wife and mother of four, talks about the day she realized that her mom duties weren't interruptions to her spiritual growth, but that God wanted to interact with her in the day-to-day, amongst the dishes and the diapers. Gloria and her husband, Dav...

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Letting Go of Control

Recovering controllers Nicole Unice and Karen Ehman believe that the root of control is fear or pride. Learn how they overcame their destructive tendency to control the people around them....

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How You Always Meant to Parent

What is your goal as a parent? Author Brian Housman knows parents, like coaches, want to win at the end of the day, but what does that look like? For some parents it's obedience, but Housman encourages parents to shoot for a bigger goal—to see their children's hearts transformed into Christlikene...

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God Made All of Me

Most of our parents warned us never to talk to strangers. But statistics show that 93 percent of abuse victims knew their perpetrators. Pastor Justin Holcomb, exploited at the age of 10 by a distant relative, talks about his book, "God Made All of Me," which helps parents teach their children how to...

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The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers

Are you in a race to see who can be a better mom? Pediatrician and mother of four, Dr. Meg Meeker, feels that many mothers today have lost their joy due to the pressure they feel to keep up with other moms. Meg encourages moms to enjoy their little ones while they have them underfoot. She instructs...

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Hoodwinked: Ten Myths Moms Believe

Karen Ehman, a mother of three and Proverbs 31 Ministries author and speaker, shoots straight about the myths of motherhood, including the lie that good moms do it all. She encourages women to be realistic about how much time they have and to focus on the things that really matter....

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Sand in My Sandwich

Sarah Parshall Perry, a wife and mother of three, realized soon after getting married how much of a control freak she really was, and the effects of it on her marriage weren't pretty. Sarah shares what she's learned about letting go while facing life's hardest setbacks....

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Passport2Identity™

FamilyLife staff members John Majors and Michelle Hill talk about Passport2Identity™, a new resource created to answer the most pressing questions young men and women have about life's issues....

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Raising Boys the Zeller Way

Steve and Lorri Zeller reminisce about their childhood and fondly recall their days spent as high school sweethearts. Dating eventually led to marriage and then to raising a family of their own. The Zellers recall the challenges and successes of raising their three boys, who would all eventually go ...

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Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters

Pediatrician and mother of six Meg Meeker talks about the powerful influence of fathers and the necessity of providing appropriate boundaries for their daughters. Meg fondly remembers her own father's attempts to protect her, and exhorts parents to affirm a daughter's character rather than her perfo...

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Parenting by Design

Chris and Michelle Groff recall the night friends awakened them at 2:30 a.m. to tell them their son had broken into their car. Shocked and confused by their son's behavior and revealed drug abuse, the Groffs realigned their priorities as a family. The Groffs share what they learned while their son w...

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Letters to My Daughters

A couple's differences can either bring them together or pull them apart. Barbara Rainey, author of the book "Letters to My Daughters," explains how a series of letters to her daughters-in-law and newly married daughter evolved into a book on marriage. Barbara recalls her early years as Dennis's bri...

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The Season of Gratitude

November is the month for thankfulness. But it shouldn't stop there. Barbara Rainey encourages listeners to practice thankfulness all year long. Barbara recalls how she and Dennis prompted their own children to be thankful by initiating mealtime prayers, learning Scripture songs, and writing thank y...

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Mean Mom's Guide to Raising Great Kids

Are you a mean mom? Author and mother of four Joanne Kraft gives a courageous call to moms not to shirk their duty, but to be the kind of mom their kids need. The kind of mean she refers to isn't about abuse, but about setting appropriate boundaries and loving your kids enough to discipline them....

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Screens and Teens

How is screen time affecting your kids? Youth expert Dr. Kathy Koch examines how technology is shaping the way our kids think. We're seeing some children interacting with screens more than their parents, says Koch, and some teens are even becoming addicted to the internet or video games. Koch encour...

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What's Best for Children

Pediatricians Dr. Den Trumbull and Dr. Michelle Cretella give parents sound advice for settling down little ones at bedtime. They also talk about the effects of screen time on children, and together they give moms and dads some sound advice for preparing their sons and daughters for adolescence....

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Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family

When it comes to your home, is God in charge? Author Michelle Anthony tells how her and her husband's fairy tale began to unravel on their honeymoon. Children then added a new layer of difficulty. How then does a family become spiritually and emotionally strong? Anthony reminds us that being healthy...

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What If Parenting Is the Most Important Job in the World?

Climbing the ladder of success meant the world to Sandy once upon a time. Then she met and married Ken, and a baby boy completed the package. Sandy Calwell talks about her decision to stay home with her son and invest herself in her family, rather than pursuing the career she loved. Joining her is h...

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I'm Happy For You, Not Really

"Thou shalt not covet," right? So what about comparison? Kay Wills Wyma says with the prevalence of the internet and social media, we're becoming comparison junkies. Kay explains where this urge to compare comes from and why indulging in this vice demolishes our contentment....

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As Mom: Q & A with Barbara Rainey

Just because you've made mistakes as a parent does not mean you've failed your children. Barbara Rainey answers questions from moms of toddlers and preschoolers, and shares her three greatest parenting regrets and how God redeemed the outcome in spite of her mistakes....

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Answering Your Kids Toughest Questions

Kids love asking questions, as any parent knows. But answers aren't always easy to come by. Mother-daughter duo Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson know that parents can be nervous about giving kids a wrong answer. So they teamed up to answer some of the most challenging questions for parents lik...

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The Early Seasons of a Woman's Life

Like a book, each life is made up of chapters. All this week Barbara Rainey allows us a peek into chapters of her life and tells us how she adjusted and kept her priorities in place in each season. Reminiscing about their past, Dennis and Barbara talk about their biggest marital adjustments and the ...

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Cleaning House

Do you feel more like the household maid than the queen of her castle? When Kay Wills Wyma asked her son to clean his room and he replied that it was her job, she knew something had to change. Kay and her husband began a 12-month experiment with their five children, introducing a new chore each mo...

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The Beauty of Broken

Life isn't perfect, and neither are families. Elisa Morgan, founder of MOPS International, (Mothers Of Preschoolers) talks honestly about her parents' sudden divorce when she was five, her mother's alcoholism, and her father's absence. Armed with a heart of faith, Elisa determined to create the per...

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Measure of Success

Carolyn McCulley grew up during the liberation movement of the 60's and 70's. An admitted feminist when she came to know Christ, Carolyn's ideas about work and family pursuits began to change as she studied and meditated on the Scriptures. Carolyn, addresses the issues related to women and the workp...

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Beautiful Mess

Motherhood is messy, but beautiful. MOPS President Sherry Surratt and MomLife Today founder Tracey Eyster team up to talk about the greatest challenge they’ve ever faced – being mothers.  Together they talk about gaining motherly confidence, finding a mentor, and relying on the Lord to face the...

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Just a Minute

Each word you speak takes root for good or bad in the hearts of those who hear it. Be careful what you sow. Wess Stafford, Compassion International President and author of the book, "Just a Minute," asks listeners to choose their words and actions wisely, especially when interacting with children, w...

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Help Wanted: Moms Raising Daughters

When Darlene Brock found out, at the age of 27, that she was pregnant she cried for a month. Realizing that motherhood was the most important job she was ever going to have, she feared she wasn't going to do it right. Now, looking back on 20+ years, Darlene shares what she's learned about motherhoo...

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Real Moms, Real Jesus

How does knowing Jesus help you with daily living? Jill Savage, the CEO of Hearts at Home, tells about the time in her mothering years when Jesus became real to her. Before then, she says, she had never considered that Jesus understood what it felt like to have no personal space, as she often felt w...

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Beyond Bath Time

Children are a blessing from the Lord. Do you really believe that? Erin Davis, founder of Graffiti Ministries, tells how the Lord changed her heart about motherhood. Erin and her husband had decided not to have children in order to serve the Lord wholeheartedly in youth ministry. But when she found...

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Be the Mom

Mom, has cleaning, cooking and changing diapers all day lost its luster? While your daily “to-do” list may seem trivial to you at times, it doesn’t mean it’s not of vital importance. Today, Mother of two, Tracey Eyster, creator and editor of MomLifeToday.com, reminds mothers that what they ...

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What's in the Bible?

The Bible, and Bible study, is thought by many to be dry and boring. The good news is, it doesn't have to be!...

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The Passionate Mom

Being a mom can be the biggest stretch of your life. But it’s so worth it. Susan Merrill admits that she found her mothering answers in the book of Nehemiah. Like Nehemiah, Susan states that mothers need to build a wall around their children and open the gates, only as wide as each child is approp...

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Loving the Little Years

Author Rachel Jankovic, a mother of six, reminds listeners that motherhood is largely sacrificial, a daily laying down of your life that mysteriously fills you the more you give out....

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Mansfield's Manly Men

What are the marks of a manly man? Best-selling author Stephen Mansfield explores the world of manly men and what makes them great. Stephen recalls the night he was welcomed into manhood, and shares a few of the principles that define a man, including #1: manly men do manly things. ...

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The Love Dare for Parents

Some days it's easy to love your kids. Other days prove more challenging. That's why parents need to intentionally seek out ways to encourage, teach and bless our children daily. To help with this, brothers Stephen and Alex Kendrick, best known for their films, "Courageous" and "Fireproof", talk to...

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Passionate Housewives

Jennie Chancey and Stacy McDonald, co-authors of the book Passionate Housewives Desperate for God, tell Dennis Rainey how a woman's home can be her greatest outreach for the gospel, especially when she's training her children or reaching out to friends or neighbors....

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Moms on Call: Guide to Basic Baby Care

Getting ready to have a baby? Pediatric nurses Laura Hunter and Jennifer Walker, authors of the book Moms on Call, share some basic baby care tips with "FamilyLife Today" host Dennis Rainey and expectant mom Sabrina Beasley....

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Successful Christian Parenting

How can parents pass wisdom onto their children? Well-known pastor and teacher, John MacArthur, tells Dennis Rainey what parents need to be teaching their children now if they are to become wise adults someday....

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Debt-Proof Your Kids

Dennis Rainey talks with author Mary Hunt, an expert in money management and a contributing editor at Woman's Day magazine, about teaching your children financial responsibility....

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After the Boxes Are Unpacked

Susan Miller, America’s Moving Coach, offers advice on making a relocation easier for your family....

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The Tough Job of Single Parenting

Jill Rigby gives single parents advice on topics such as fear, bitterness, and how to deal with a former spouse....

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Twenty-five Ways to Cure Sibling Rivalry

Dennis Rainey delves into the topic of sibling rivalry and offers some solutions....

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A Passing Fad or a Choice That's Here to Stay?

Dennis Rainey takes a look at a the trend in which the wife is sole breadwinner while her husband stays home with the kids. ...

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Right from the Start: A Biblical Approach to Early Childhood Discipline

What is your game plan for parenting? Dennis and Barbara Rainey, parents of six grown children, offer some practical steps you can take to help you and your spouse decide what your parenting goals are going to be....

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Birth to Five

Parent educator Brenda Nixon gives new parents some practical tips for understanding their child - from newborn to preschool age. ...

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Barbara Rainey on Gratitude

Barbara explains what you can do to cultivate a heart of gratefulness....

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Growing Together in Gratitude

Barbara Rainey talks to parents about training children in gratefulness not only by their example, but through storytelling. ...

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Parenting Heart to Heart

Dennis Rainey talks with Family Ministries director Reb Bradley about building better relationships with your kids....

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Parenting is Your Highest Calling and Other Parenting Myths

Hear Leslie Fields reveal what's more important than happy kids. ...

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Understanding Your Child's Bent

Tim and Darcy Kimmel talk to parents about tuning in to their children to discover who they are and how they're wired. ...

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Talking Smack

Glenn Williams encourages parents to talk honestly to their school age children about the danger of drugs. ...

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Growing Together in Courage

Barbara Rainey talks about the amazing power of courage through stories of real people being courageous. ...

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Moving from Fear to Freedom

Grace Fox tells how prayer can move a parent from fear to freedom. ...

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Parenting Beyond Your Capacity

Former youth pastor Reggie Joiner explains why involving others from your church to come alongside your child spiritually may be the best thing you can do to keep them in the faith....

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The Protectors

Whether done in a school yard or online, it hurts to be bullied. Paul Coughlin explains how to help a child who's being bullied....

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Raising Unselfish Children

Are you raising your children to be mirrors or windows? Manners of the Heart founder and author Jill Rigby explains how emphasizing self-esteem over service encourages a child's natural selfishness. Listen in as Jill tells parents how to raise children who think of others instead....

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Surprise Child

An unplanned pregnancy can come as a shock. Dennis Rainey talks with Leslie Leyland Fields, author of Surprise Child, about the feelings and concerns women have when they find themselves unexpectedly pregnant. ...

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Letters to Lovers

Dennis Rainey sits down with Tom and Jeannie Elliff, parents of four children and nineteen grandchildren, to talk about marriage and parenting....

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Grace-Based Parenting

Tim Kimmel, founder and executive director of Family Matters, a ministry known for its work in educating, equipping and encouraging families, encourages parents to treat their children the way God treats His children - with grace....

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The Rainey's Answer Your Questions about Marriage and Parenting

Dennis and Barbara Rainey answer your questions about parenting....

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Sacred Parenting

Dennis Rainey talks with writer and speaker, Gary Thomas, about the character-building circumstances of parenthood, which often calls us to sacrifice our own comfort for the sake of others....

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When Good Kids Make Bad Choices

Does good parenting produce good kids and bad parenting produce bad kids? "Not necessarily," says Christian counselor Elyse Fitzpatrick, author of the book When Good Kids Make Bad Choices. ...

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Say Goodbye to Whining

Is there any way to stop children’s whining? Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, authors of the book Say Goodbye to Whining, tell parents how to discourage their children from whining....

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Finding Your Purpose as a Mom

Donna Otto, author of Finding Your Purpose as a Mom, explains that home should be a safe place where God's work gets done....

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Raising Kids for True Greatness

Tim Kimmel, Executive Director of Family Matters and author of the book Raising Kids for True Greatness, asks parents to consider whether or not they are raising their children for true greatness and influence or whether they're raising them to live a life marked by comfort and ease....

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Summer Reading You Can't Miss

Everyone has a favorite book. Join us to hear some summer reading suggestions from Christian singer/songwriter Sara Groves, author and pastor Crawford Loritts, and Hungry Planet founder and author, Hayley DiMarco....

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Run With the Bulls Without Getting Trampled

Dr. Tim Irwin, a Managing Partner of IrwinInc - Psychologists to Business and author of the book Run With the Bulls Without Getting Trampled, talks with Dennis Rainey about training our sons and daughters to excel in the workplace....

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Winning the Drug War at Home

Authors Melody Carlson and Kathy Pride share the emotional stories of their son's battle with drugs. ...

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