Why I Wrote How Not to Raise an Addict

Mark Shaw

Mark Shaw

Focus Publishing produced my booklet, How Not to Raise an Addict, to help parents to raise children that love God. Obviously, parents are not in control of their children’s hearts or their children’s decisions to follow Christ, but they can learn parenting skills that instill a humble, Christ-like mindset rather than an addicted one. Continue reading

Four Helpful Words for Parents

Eliza Jane Huie

Eliza Jane Huie

Cassey and Jack were in the thick of parenting. With two kids in middle school and one in high school their lives lived and breathed their kid’s schedule. Juggling sports, drama, and 4H club meetings, both Cassey and Jack adjusted their life to accommodate their kids’ involvements. There’s was a back yard dotted with soccer balls and inside the home 4H projects were doubling as décor in a way that only parents understand. Maybe this describes a scene familiar to you.

In the midst of raising very busy kids, Cassey and Jack found themselves facing new struggles in parenting. Continue reading

How is Counseling Like Parenting?

Sean Gould

Sean Gould

I am often reminded of God’s grace and love for me when I spend time with my 5-year-old daughter, Jane. There are many blessings from God wrapped up in her endless supply of energy and play. One of these that can often be overlooked is my own sanctification. God in his kindness has, in one way, given me a daughter to care for and shepherd in order that I might grow in holiness. Continue reading

Does Biblical Counseling Really work with Kids?

Garrett Higbee

Garrett Higbee

My wife and I have a burden for the next generation of youth growing up in a much different world than we did. We are parents of three children between the ages of nine and sixteen. I am a former child psychologist. This has stirred up in me a strong desire to see biblical counselors take a more serious look at how we can help kids and their parents navigate a very distracting and disturbing world using a biblical worldview. Biblical counseling can help our kids not fall victim to the rampant fear, perversity, and despair that is all around them. Even more, it can equip them to be world changers for Jesus Christ. Continue reading

Reacting to Your Teen’s Sexual Sin

Eliza Jane Huie

Eliza Jane Huie

As she sat across from me tears streamed down her face. Guilt and shock mingled in her words. Through brokenhearted sobs she shared with me how she and her husband had found significantly graphic videos on their 13-year-old son’s computer. Who was this person? She felt so confused, so betrayed. Their young teen was active in youth group, kind to his siblings, and sensitive to the needs of others. He was all a parent could want. Continue reading

Counseling Teens Hooked on Porn

Steve Hoppe

Steve Hoppe

Although counseling a teen with a porn addiction is a difficult, intimidating, and often thankless task, this does not diminish its importance. How are teens unique clients with respect to the porn epidemic? Which counseling strategies tend to fail and which strategies tend to bear fruit? What role should a parent play in the process? Are you willing to use unorthodox strategies? Are you willing to be vulnerable with a person less than half your age? Are you willing to tackle the challenge of counseling a teen hooked on porn? Continue reading

The Gospel and Adopted Teens

Ellen Castillo

Ellen Castillo

Teenagers commonly struggle with their sense of identity. Teens who have been adopted have a unique form of this struggle as they have been removed from their birth family and placed in to either foster or adoptive families. This can create a feeling of having nowhere to belong. Continue reading

Marrying with Children

Julie Ganschow

Julie Ganschow

There are multiple issues to be addressed when those with children decide to marry and join their families together. Therefore, premarital counseling is absolutely critical for all those desiring to marry when children are involved. Continue reading