Discover Your Strengths and Weaknesses as a Parent

Good parents aren’t perfect and that is ok! There is no “one size fits all” formula to follow, but there are ways you can grow daily as a parent. Focus on the Family’s 7 Traits of Effective Parenting Assessment gives parents an honest look at their unique strengths and offers encouragement in areas that you may need

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Colorado House Approves a Bill Requiring Comprehensive Curriculum

On Tuesday, the Colorado House approved bill HB19-1032, requiring school districts who choose to provide sex ed courses to teach a comprehensive curriculum. According to Colorado’s 9News, Jeff Johnston, a culture and policy analyst for Focus on the Family based in Colorado Springs, stated that he believes the bill is unconstitutional. “Colorado State Constitution makes it

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YouTube is a Facilitator of Sexual Exploitation

Last week, we shared a press conference by the National Center of Sexual Exploitation as they released their 2019 Dirty Dozen List. Among the companies listed, YouTube was found to be a corporation that profits from sexual exploitation, specifically child pornography. According to NCOSE, “In April 2018 [YouTube] was criticized for allowing a pornographic ad to appear on a trending YouTube video,

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Avoid the “What Could I Have Done Differently?” Feeling

      At the Abstinence Clearinghouse, we have often heard that “clients who receive a negative pregnancy test are the most difficult clients to meet with.” While we agree that the client who receives a negative pregnancy test is difficult to consult, we know that the negative test client holds the greatest potential for

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The 2019 Dirty Dozen List Revealed

On Monday, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) revealed the 2019 Dirty Dozen List, an annual campaign that names and shames twelve mainstream facilitators of sexual exploitation. Companies making this year’s list include Message Envy, Amazon, Netflix and more. Click the video above to watch the full press conference.   Free E-Book: How to Use

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Free E-Book: How to Use “Defining Moments” to Change Dads’ Lives

The National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) is the nation’s leading non-profit organization working to end father absence. Underlying many of society’s most pressing challenges is a lack of father involvement in their children’s lives. According to NFI, “Increasing father engagement is, at its most basic, about helping dads to change their behavior by increasing pro-fathering awareness, knowledge,

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Provocative Ad Ran During Super Bowl

Millions of football fans watched the 53rd Super Bowl this past Sunday. For many, the game is not what draws viewers. The commercials have become the most memorable, exciting part of viewing the game. According to a recent article by Movie Guide, in the commercial lineup for this year, Devour, a Kraft food brand, aired a new provocative

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Pope Francis Calls for Universal Sex Education

On Sunday, January 27, 2019, the issue of “sex education” was addressed by Pope Francis at an inflight press conference on his return to Rome from Panama on World Youth Day. According to a recent article by Randy Engel, Pope Francis called for universal “sex education.” Engel’s article outlines why Pope Fancis aims to push sex education so persistently

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The Reality of Raising Young Adults

“When our kids are small, we can talk until we are blue in the face about the struggles that come in the early years,” Katie Bingham-Smith wrote in a recent blog post. She reflects, “As my kids have gotten older and more self-sufficient, I’ve realized something I didn’t think about when they were small: I still need help.”

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Preparing for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is on the horizon. February 14 is often a day of chocolates, teddy bears and proposals. But, what if you haven’t found “the one” or you feel called to a life of singleness? What if you are patiently waiting for your future spouse and are practicing contentment in your current season? Does being single

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Are You Aware of These Apps?

It is nearly impossible to keep up with every new, trending app that is marketed to young adults. Talking to your children about the potential risk-features associated with new apps is essential to maintaining safety online. Risk features may include: interaction with strangers, anonymity and apps that warrant privacy concerns. Common Sense Media recently released an article outlining

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Is Your Child Ready for Social Media?

Age alone should not be the determining factor in your child having personal social media accounts. The right question should be closer to “based on everything I know about my child, do I believe he or she is ready to handle the pressures, risks, emotions and unpredictable nature of using social media responsibly?” In order

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Social Media and Mental Health

New findings published by The Lancet suggests social media use may be associated with young people’s mental health, specifically young girls. United Kingdom researchers examined data on 10,904 14-year-olds born between 2000 and 2002 in the U.K. for the study, using a variety of regression and path models to find associations between social media use and depressive

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Addressing Abortion from the Pulpit

There are thousands of women sitting in church services who need to hear that God’s gift of forgiveness is offered to all – even those who have had an abortion. In an article recently shared by Care Net, the author expressed his frustration towards pastors and clergyman who avoid the topic of abortion. He then explained that

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Equipping Students to be Mentally Tough

Removing hardship from students generally adds to their anxiety in the long run. According to Tim Elmore, “students begin to look outside for their remedy to stress, rather than growing some grit and learning to ‘do hard things’.” Rather than teaching students that life is filled with stresses that they must learn to deal with,

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Ending Child Pornography on Social Media Platforms

Last November, it was discovered that child pornography was being shared on the popular social media platform Tumblr. As a result, Apple removed the Tumblr app from their App Store. A month later Tumblr made the decision to remove all pornographic content from their site. According to the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCSE), WhatsApp, a popular

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Anti-Trafficking Law Named after Abolitionist Frederick Douglass

On Tuesday, January 8 President Donald Trump signed into law the Frederick Douglass Act, a bill authorizing $430 million to combat human trafficking. According to CBN News, the $430 million will be used over four years to fund the following: Shelter and counseling for victims; Training airline employees to spot potential victims; Oversight to make sure

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Children Abusing Children: A Dangerous Trend

Kansas City television station KSHB recently interviewed doctors and nurses at Children’s Mercy Hospital, a hospital that serves roughly 1,000 children annually who have been sexually assaulted. Heidi Olson, a nurse at Mercy Hospital said that she was shocked at what the data has told them: “almost half of our perpetrators are minors” between the ages of eleven

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Reclaiming the Smartphone: Free Video Series

Are you sick of having cell phones ruin your family dinners? Do you feel behind and out of control when it comes to all of the changes in technology? Axis, in partnership with the Colson Center, has created a free video series for parents who are looking to purchase a phone for their child, reclaim technology in the

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Cyberbullying Now a Crime in Michigan

Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan recently signed Public Act 457 into law officially defining cyberbullying as a misdemeanor crime that takes effect in March 2019, according to the Detroit Metro Times. At the very least, the law makes cyberbullying punishable by up to 93 days in jail, plus a $500 fine. “Cyberbullying can cause just as much trauma as traditional

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