Answering Your Questions about Parenting

Dennis and Barbara Rainey, and FamilyLife President, David Robbins and his wife Meg team up to answer some tough questions from listeners.

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Answering Your Questions about Parenting

We live in a culture that is increasingly complex. There are no easy answers to your hard questions. FamilyLife President David Robbins and his wife Meg, team up with Dennis and Barbara Rainey to interact with listeners, and talk about the challenges facing moms and dads today....

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A Very Special Family

Have you ever considered adoption? Michael and Sharon Dennehy didn’t, at least not in the early years of marriage as they dreamed about their ideal family. But God began to change their minds. Michael and Sharon talk about the incredible family God designed for them, which includes 12 children, ni...

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Before You Hit Send

Dr. Emerson Eggerichs encourages listeners to ask themselves four questions before saying and sending anything to another person: Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? Is it clear? Most of us think we communicate effectively using our devices. Dr. Eggerichs reminds us that the best communication ...

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Smartphones for Smart Families

Axis founder David Eaton encourages parents to talk to their kids about appropriate cell phone usage. Eaton reminds parents it's not so much about how to use the phone but why we use it. Eaton challenges parents to have four conversations with their kids before giving them a cell phone....

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Tech Savvy Parenting

When it comes to technology, are your kids light years ahead of you? Youth expert Brian Housman talks realistically to parents about engaging their kids around the topic of technology. Exhorting parents about their assignment from God to love and protect their kids, Brian reminds parents that techno...

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Reel to Real

Ted Baehr coaches parents on how to use discernment when choosing a movie for their families. Baehr encourages parents to be aware of their children's development and to research a film before heading to the theater. Baehr also talks about the role Christians have in making movies. He addresses pare...

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Raising Alien Children

As followers of Christ, we are aliens—this world is not our home. Jen Wilkin explains how our children's entire lifestyle should display Christ in sharp contrast to the unbelieving world around them. Wilkin introduces five areas in which our children can display their allegiance to God's kingdom....

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Parents, Teens and Culture

David Eaton, cofounder of Axis—a non-profit ministry that seeks to help the next generation have lifelong faith by resourcing parents and faith leaders—and Melanie Mudge, director of content and certification at Axis, tell listeners why Christian kids are leaving the faith. They tell listeners h...

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Daring to Hope

By age 23, Katie Davis Majors had become the mother to 13 adopted daughters. Majors tells how God surprised her with her husband, Benji, and reveals what God has shown her while walking through pain and hardship....

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25 Years of Radio: Dennis and Barbara Rainey

From the FamilyLife Today vault, hear classic moments from Dennis and Barbara Rainey over the last 25 years....

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The Orphan, The Widow, and Me

J.T. Olson knows what it's like to be an orphan, having lost both his parents in a tragic automobile accident. Olson explains what led him to create Both Hands--a faith-based nonprofit serving orphans, widows, and adoptive families....

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Rich in Love

Mexican, happy, musical. Cold, hungry, afraid. Those are very different words to describe two very different people. And when these two very different people fell in love and married, it was like mixing oil and water. Hear more about Domingo and Irene Garcia’s unique love story in their own words...

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Faith to Foster

TJ and Jenn Menn never imagined when they signed on to be foster parents shortly after getting married that they would welcome 22 foster children into their home. The Menns talk of their incredible journey over the years since participating in the foster care system....

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Rooted

Adoptive parents Paul and Robin Pennington talk about the hard realities of adoption. The Penningtons, who've adopted five children, including some with special needs, talk about ROOTED, an online training course they've developed that offers gospel-centered support for adoptive and foster families....

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At Any Cost

They had two children, but were open to more. Mike and Hayley Jones tell of their radical decision to adopt eight siblings from an orphanage in Sierra Leone, no matter what the cost....

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Irretrievably Broken

Tim Philpot, a circuit judge in family court in Lexington, Kentucky, reveals what it's like to be a judge, presiding where nearly 90% of cases involve unmarried couples. Philpot, who asked the Lord to put him in the middle of the mess, tells why he is more pro-marriage than ever....

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He Is Enough

More than a decade ago, Steven Curtis Chapman first joined us in the studio to share his heart for the orphan. His organization, Show Hope, has now helped more than 5,000 orphans. Chapman tells how they now have six care centers in China, and at least 500 of those kids have been adopted. Chapman tal...

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Equipping Grandparents

Pastor Josh Mulvihill talks about the grand purpose of grandparents, which is passing on their faith to the next generation. Ways to do that include sharing how God has moved in their life and teaching the Scriptures by reading favorite Bible stories....

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More Than Just "The Talk"

The media and culture are turning today's youth away from Biblical values. What can parents do to protect their kids? Youth culture expert Jonathan McKee says that our youth really want to share their hearts, but parents need to ask the right questions, especially regarding the topic of sex. Jonatha...

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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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Back to School Tips with Barbara

It's that time of year again! Will your children be prepared? Barbara Rainey, a mother of six and grandmother to many more, encourages parents to prepare their children for school, not just by buying them new shoes or backpacks, but also by teaching them how to respond should someone bully them. Par...

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The Deadly Traps of Adolescence

Traps are devices designed to catch something unaware. Satan also has his traps, and these sometimes go unnoticed by the teens they are disguised to harm. Dennis and Barbara Rainey talk about the deadly traps that can harm our teens and leave them wounded the rest of their lives. ...

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After They Are Yours

Fostering a child can be challenging and adoption even more so. Pastor Brian Borgman shares how he and his wife came to adopt their son Alex out of the foster care system. While adoption is a blessing to all involved, it also requires perseverance and many sacrifices, as Brian and his family have le...

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Kisses From Katie

Eighteen-year-old Katie Davis had a desire to go and serve the children of Uganda for a season before college. She never imagined that her first trip would change her life, and the lives of many others, forever. Today Katie is the founder and director of Amazima Ministries and the foster mother of 1...

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Called to Adopt

Jon and Shelly Bergeron talk about their tentative trek into the world of adoption and speak frankly about the realities of adoption....

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Orphan Justice

Adoption is good, but it’s not for everyone. So thought Pastor Johnny Carr until a missionary spoke to him about the desperate needs of deaf orphans in Belarus. Feeling burdened by what he heard, Johnny shares how he and his wife, a teacher to the deaf, came to adopt three special needs childre...

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October Baby

Jon and Andy Erwin, along with actress Rachel Hendrix, join Dennis Rainey to talk about their new release "October Baby," a movie about a teen who learns that not only was she adopted but is a survivor of a failed abortion. The movie celebrates the journey of forgiveness and restoration....

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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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From Santa to Sexting

Psychologist Dr. Brenda Hunter and her daughter, education columnist Kristen Blair, talk about the challenges parents of tweens face. Most concerning, they relate, is the bombardment of the media and it’s infringement on the life of the family and the life of their children. Hunter and Blair enco...

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The "Anything" Prayer

"We'll do anything." That's the prayer that Jennie Allen and her husband, Zac, told God as they sought His will for their lives. Even though it felt like death, Jennie explains, she was at a point where she didn't want to be normal but wanted to surrender to Christ completely. What was the result? P...

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Are You Adopted?

Her mother had died years earlier and her father was gravely ill. But Lois was about to get the shock of her life. Author Lois Rabey tells how she felt when a family secret that had been hidden for 48 years was finally revealed. Lois talks about discovering the truth about her birth....

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Villages of Hope

Benedict Schwartz heard the call to begin creating orphan villages in Africa. God moved mightily, and soon the Children of Zion Village was built in Namibia. Benedict and his wife, Kathleen, talk to Dennis Rainey about their work and ministry in southwest Africa. ...

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Cry of the Orphan

Is anyone defending the cause of the world’s 143 million orphans? Listen as various guests talk about how they are fighting for the orphan....

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The Connected Child

Karyn Purvis talks about the risks factors associated with adopted and foster children....

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Building a Big House of Hope

Hear how Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman are by keeping their family gathered together at the foot of the cross. ...

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Caring for Orphans

Hear from three people whose heart for the orphan led them down paths of mercy, advocacy, and eventually adoption. ...

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Adopted for Life

Adoption is close to the heart of God; so says Russell Moore, father of two adopted sons and author of the book Adopted for Life. Russell talks about the challenges of adapting his adopted children to their new life and the blessings they've seen since expanding their family through adoption....

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Helping Orphans With Special Needs

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A Closer Look at Adoption

Couples talk about their adoption journey....

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Our Adoption Story

When you're a successful collegiate football coach for a top program, life is already plenty complicated. So why would God call you into something so challenging as adoption? For Georgia Bulldog coach Mark Richt and his wife Katharyn, the answer was found in the face of their adopted daughter. Join ...

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Online Predators

Parole officer Rick Woody was used to protecting the people but none of his training could prepare him for his own daughter's abduction and murder in 2002. Joining him is FBI agent Jerry Spurgers, who followed the case....

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Turn Off the TV--FAST!

Dennis Rainey talks with Rebecca Hagelin, Vice President of the Heritage Foundation, about the impact of TV viewing on the family. Find out how fasting from TV for a time can benefit your family and draw you closer to the ones you love....

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Turn Off the TV and Pick Up a Book

Dennis Rainey talks with Mark Hamby, founder and president of Lamplighter Publishing, about unplugging the TV set and opening a good book instead. ...

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Adoption: God's Prescription for a Happy Home

Even though they had four children, Joy found herself wanting more. After attending an adoption seminar with her husband, Larry, the couple began to pursue adoption enthusiastically. Hear how God made Larry and Joy Crain's adoption dream come true by leading them to the Ukraine. Also joining them ...

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The Adoption Option

Couples describe their adoption experiences and recall the excitement and awe at seeing their adopted children for the first time....

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Grandparenthood: More Than Rocking Chairs

Dr. Tim Kimmel and his wife, Darcy, creators of Grandparenthood: More than Rocking Chairs, talk about the many practical ways men and women can bless their grandchildren....

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TV and Today's Lifestyle

John Reynolds, director of sales and marketing with TiVO, and Rebecca Hagelin, vice president of The Heritage Foundation, give some practical suggestions for making television viewing more family friendly....

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Voice of the Orphan

Dennis and Barbara inform and exhort Christians about what we can do within the local church to promote the needs of orphans worldwide....

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Caring for the Orphan Child

If you were charged with caring for orphans, how would you do it? According to the Bible, you are! Discover practical ideas on how you can obey Christ in this all-important area....

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Playstation Nation

Kurt and Olivia Bruner, faculty of the Center for Strong Families and The Heritage Builders Association, talk with Dennis Rainey about the effects video gaming has on children. Find out how you can determine if your child has an addiction to video games....

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Successful Adoption: A Guide for Christian Parents

Sara Dorman, a clinical psychologist specializing in women's issues and crisis pregnancies, and author Natalie Gillespie, a mother and stepmother of seven, tell how their hearts were turned toward adoption when they saw the very real needs of children and unwed mothers in the U.S. and around the wor...

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Until Every Child Has a Home

Troy Wiseman, former co-founder of retail clothing company B.U.M. International and founder of The InvestLinc Group, talks in this series with Dennis Rainey about his passion for orphans and his ministry, World Orphans, an organization that comes alongside local churches to build orphanages worldwid...

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Internet Safety--Logged On and Tuned Out

Vicki Courtney, a mother of three and author of the book Logged On and Tuned Out, joins Aaron Kenny, Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of SafeBrowse, and Dennis Rainey to talk about which sites are most popular with today's youth. Join us to hear Vicki's rules for using the internet safely....

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Discovering Adoption

Infertility can shake a marriage to its core. In this series, pastor Michael Easley, president of Moody Bible Institute, and his wife tell how they faced this challenge and learned to rely upon God in a new way....

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Standing in the Gap for the Orphan

Rick Warren, pastor of the widely acclaimed Saddleback Church in Southern California, tells Dennis Rainey why the Body of Christ should be concerned about the plight of the orphan....

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Understanding and Parenting Your Adopted Child

Adoption isn't a fairy tale, but it is a miracle. Barbara Rainey talks about her early adoption desires and her dream-come-true daughter Deborah, whom she and Dennis adopted more than twenty years ago. Barbara also shares some of the ways adoption affects your marriage, your other children, and you...

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