Family Structure and Child Development Study

A study published in the European Journal of Population shows how family structure can impact child development. The study revealed that children raised with their father in an intact, biological family grow up experiencing better socio-economic outcomes opposed to children raised by single mothers or stepfathers. Click HERE to read more.

The Words of a Father

“There is something special and powerful about the words that are spoken between a father and his children,” JT Waresak wrote in a Focus on the Family article. “Children and teens crave and need affirmation from both their parents,” Waresak continued. “If not received and known, our sons will often withdraw within themselves, while our daughters will

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7 Steps to Using Social Media for Fatherhood Programs

Social media can be an important component of your fatherhood program for recruiting, engaging, and retaining fathers. In this webinar, created by National Fatherhood Initiative’s Maggie Spain and Melissa Steward, you can learn how to begin using social media to recruit fathers and what content will help enhance your program delivery. Click HERE to watch the webinar now!

Walmart Removes Cosmopolitan Magazine from Checkouts

Last Wednesday, Walmart announced that it would be removing Cosmopolitan magazines from the checkout lines at over 6,000 store locations protecting minors from the sexually explicit material that Cosmopolitan embodies and perpetuates. “As with all products in our store, we continue to evaluate our assortment and make changes,” Walmart said in a statement released last week. “Walmart

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10 Apps Teens Are Using That Parents Need to Know

  A Royal Stand Against Pornography

A Royal Stand Against Pornography

According to a recent podcast produced by WORLD Magazine, the Kansas City Royals have become the first pro sports team to address the dangers of pornography. With baseball season beginning and the anticipation of another high-stress season, the franchise decided to hold a seminar for players outlining the negative effects of pornography as a part of the team’s leadership training

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Heartbeat 2018: What to Watch For

  Will you be attending the Heartbeat International Conference in Anaheim, California next week? Our team would love to meet you! If you will be attending the conference, don’t miss: Visiting the Abstinence Clearinghouse booth #417 to enter to win FREE resources and receive FREE samples of new brochures, booklets and cards! Hearing Abstinence Clearinghouse Founder

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Senate and House Passes FOSTA-SESTA

Last week the Senate passed FOSTA-SESTA (Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act and Stop Enabling Sex Trafficking Act). This legislation is a great victory in the fight to end the modern-day slavery of online sex trafficking by giving victims their day in court and empowering state Attorney Generals to prosecute websites that facilitate sex trafficking. The Senate’s bipartisan vote, following

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Many Women’s Battle

“Being a woman who struggles with lust can feel like being alone in a crowded room,” Marian Jacobs wrote in a recent article. “You think you are the only one tempted when you watch that movie and read that book. Yet the opposite is true.” Jacobs goes on to explain that lust must be redefined. Claiming

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What My Parents Don’t Know About Social Media

A teacher recently asked her 9th-grade students to anonymously finish the statement “What my parents don’t know about social media is…” The students responses proved to be both eye-opening and heartbreaking. Over 80% of the students wrote that they have social media accounts even though they were instructed by their parents not to have accounts. One student wrote

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The Significance of a Good Mentor

“Our very brains are shaped and molded by the significant others in our lives, especially those relationships we call role models,” wrote counselor Jim Rose in a recent article published by Covenant Eyes. In the article, Jim explains three ways in which science reveals a need for everyone to have good mentors including how mentors influence the Enteric Nervous

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Cosmo Glamorizes Sexual Promiscuity

The Journal of Law and Social Deviance (LSD), a peer-reviewed journal affiliated with Florida International University, recently published an article, The ‘Cosmo Girl’ Invades Middle Schools: Grooming Girls for Disease and Depression. Author and researcher Dr. Judith Reisman describes how Cosmopolitan, supposedly aimed at adult women, uses teen television stars and teen influencers on its covers to lure young women

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A Father’s Influence

Fathers, you have more influence than you can imagine! No matter how old your little girl is, she still needs an example of a spiritual leader and a positive role model. Here are a few tips for you as you continue to pursue and protect your daughter’s heart: Schedule Time What gets in the way of

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Pornography’s Long-Term Effects: Erectile Dysfunction

A recent article from the Marriage and Religious Research Institute (MRRI), outlined the effects of pornography on culture over the course of the last ten years. According to MMRI the most telling effect of pornography is the epidemic of erectile dysfunction (ED) among men. “For all of human history this was mainly an older man’s problem,” MMRI

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Being a Safe Source for Conversation

Setting a precedent for how you respond to a teen’s shortcomings and questions is an important indicator of how a teen can expect you to respond to future shortcomings and questions. Your teen will be more apt to see you as a safe source when you show that you care to listen and attempt to understand their world. How

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Suicide Prevention

This video, created by Mayo Clinic, shows teens describing common warning signs exhibited by a teen who is considering suicide. The video also includes suggestions for what to say to a teen who may be at risk for suicide. Learn how you can communicate directly and immediately. For more information about how you can recognize red flags congruent

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Parenting Through Spring Break

Spring Break presents a great opportunity for parents to talk to their teens about hook-up culture, sexual assault, binge drinking and drug use. Research affirms that your voice as a parent matters to your teen. Studies show that teens whose parents frequently talk to them about substance abuse are 50 percent less likely to try alcohol or drugs.

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Create in Me a Clean Heart: A Pastoral Response to Pornography

In 2015, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops released Create in Me a Clean Heart: A Pastoral Response to Pornography. In this groundbreaking document, the U.S. bishops provide the Catholic Church with instructions to help heal the pain and suffering of so many members of the Body of Christ. One of the primary steps recommended

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Why Kid’s Need Boundaries

In the video above, Dr. James Dobson illustrates the connection between those who are inadequately exposed to healthy “barriers” and “boundaries” of behavior as children, and those who as young adults excessively wander and meander through their formative years in search of meaning.

Teen Suicide: 7 Warning Signs to Watch For

Teenagers are capable of all kinds of unexpected behavior. How can you tell whether a teen is exhibiting typical teenage angst or showing signs that he or she is at risk for suicide? Here are seven red flags the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) encourages parents and educators watch for: Changes in eating or sleeping habits

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