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What moves kids from fear-filled to joy-filled?

There’s no question that parenting is hard. Yet raising kids to become happy, confident, and productive adults is doable – not just by super-parents, but by anyone willing to apply some key principles. It’s as simple as ABCD. When you get attuned to your child, help them bounce back, correct them with care, and help them build life disciplines, they’ll be on the way to the mature adulthood that every parent has in mind.

Marcus Warner and Chris Coursey have spent years studying human relationships. Now they offer parenting principles derived from the way our brains are hardwired. Joy isn’t some abstract concept, but a neurochemical reality that arises from the choices we make. Learn to make the parenting decisions that bring joy to yourself – the essential first step – and then to those young lives in your hands.

You’ll never regret investing in joy! 

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  • Focus on the Family
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  • FamilyLife podcast
  • Moody Radio
    • Chris Fabry
    • Chris Brooks
    • Ken and Deb

Our friends at Thriving Mamas wrote a 12-post series on their blog covering the ABCDs of parenting as laid out in the ‘4 Habits of Raising Joy-Filled Kids’ book. The authors shared their insights into each ‘letter’ with a post for each stage of parenting: infants | elementary-age | teens

Based on the Book The 4 Habits of Raising Joy-Filled Kids. Being a kid is hard. Being a parent is even harder at times.

Get this free guide to finding calm in a meltdown. 

Raising Joy-Filled Kids plan offers 7 invigorating lessons to reflect on what Scripture and brain science say is essential for relationships: glad-to-be-together joy. In John 15:11, Jesus prayed our joy would be full while brain science says 4 key habits grow more mature children and lead to joyful parents. Each day of this plan offers practice steps to apply what you are learning.

A 7-day devotional on the YouVersion app.

Happiness can be fleeting, but joy is rooted in faith and our confidence in Jesus. On this one-day Focus on the Family broadcast, Dr. Marcus Warner and Chris Coursey share the ABC (and D!) habits of raising joy-filled kids—attunement, building “bounce”, correcting with care, and developing disciplines relationally. By diving into each habit, they share how to strengthen your joy-bond with your child, even if you are a “low-joy” person. You’ll learn how to build and cultivate joy in your family.
​“I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart.” You may know that children’s song. And you may wonder how to get that joy into your kids’ hearts. Guest host Collin Lambert talks with Marcus Warner and Chris Coursey about raising joyful kids. Learn the four habits to equip them to live with joy in a low-joy world when you join us for Chris Fabry Live.

Kids these days are dealing with stress and anxiety that comes at them daily. If you’ve ever wondered how you as a parent can restore their joy, don’t miss this edition of Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman. Dr, Marcus Warner and Chris Coursey reveal research that will help your family. Learn the four habits of raising joy-filled kids today on Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman.

Joy-filled kids know how to work for and wait for what is truly satisfying in life. Authors Marcus Warner and Chris Coursey share life habits to instill in emotionally mature kids.

We all want our homes to be filled with joy but do you know that joy-filled kids are not always happy kids?  However, joy-filled children do know how to work and wait for what is best!  Chris Coursey has been studying brain-based solutions that make relationships work and he will guide us in raising joyful children at every stage of development.

Summer may be the perfect time to start working on some “joy” habits in your home. These habits do not preclude sadness, but they equip children with the skills needed to work for and wait for what truly satisfies. Pastoral Counselor Chris Coursey will talk us through some of the four habits that will help you not only provide but support and guide your children toward a more joy-filled life.