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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Former prodigal Andrew Palau knows what it's like to walk far away from God and then to return. Andrew helps listeners understand the mind of the prodigal....

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Dennis Rainey tells parents about the benefits of healthy boundaries as he or she raises a teen to follow the rules....

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