Pray with us: May 2016

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Jae C. | Flickr

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. ~James 5:16

Each month we share our prayer requests with you and invite you to pray for and with us. Here is the list for May:

Prayer Requests as of May 2016:

  • We are about to begin a trial run of our new Sibling Conflict online course with a beta group. Please pray that the launch would go well and that parents would be encouraged and provide helpful feedback in preparation for the public launch.
  • Jim and Lynne are about to embark on their first-ever West Coast Speaking Tour! Please pray for God’s anointing as we take the Discipline that Connects message to the West Coast.
  • We’ve recently begun some initial work to connect with Christian schools and preschools about offering the Discipline that Connects Online Course to their parents. Please pray for a strong response so that more parents than ever might experience God’s grace and truth for parents in their homes. 

Check out our prayer page to see these and other prayer requests or to share your prayer requests with us. Thank you for praying with and for us!


Is Your Child Entitled to a Trophy?

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Steven Lilley | Flickr


A young mom queried me intently after our talk on Entitlement in kids. “What do you do about the culture around us that guarantees that every child is a “winner” at participating and receives a trophy, even for last place?”

We commiserated about how rampant this attitude is, that dispenses trophies and stickers and stars and ribbons ad nauseum to make sure no one feels bad, and puts caps and gowns on kindergarteners for conquering a rigorous academic year.

So practically, how can you respond to this widespread attitude of trophy entitlement? Here’s what I told Jill.

Join us for a life-changing workshop near you! (MN, IA, WA, and CA)

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Consider joining us for one of our upcoming live workshops in the Twin Cities metro area, the upper Midwest (Mora), central California (Modesto), Iowa (Rock Valley), and Washington (Spokane and Gig Harbor).

April Dates

Saturday, Apr 14 – 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM – New Brighton, MN
Peaceful Mothering
St. John’s Catholic Church
No registration necessary – Open to all!

Saturday, Apr 23 – 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM – Rock Valley, IA
Four Strengths of Every Great Family
Common Place Church
To register, email – Open to all!

Saturday, Apr 23 – 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM – Minneapolis, MN
Peaceful Mothering
Calvary Baptist Church
For registration, please contact Amy Runion at Calvary Baptist Church: 612-872-7855. Open to All!

Tuesday, Apr 26 – 9:30 AM to 10:45 AM – Mora, MN
Siblings: From Enemies to Allies
Living Hope MOPS at Living Hope Church
Open to Living Hope MOPS. No registration necessary.

Friday, Apr 29 – 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM – Modesto, CA
Understanding Your Sensitive or Intense Child
CrossPoint Community Church
Register here!

Saturday, Apr 30 – 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM – Modesto, CA
Discipline that Connects with Your Child’s Heart
CrossPoint Community Church
Register here!

May Dates

Wednesday, May 4 – 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM – Gig Harbor, WA
Discipline that Connects with Your Child’s Heart
Tom Taylor Family YMCA
Registration coming soon – Open to all!

Wednesday, May 4 – 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM – Minneapolis, MN
Four Strengths of Every Great Family
Waite Park Church
Register Here!

Friday, May 6 – 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM – Spokane, WA
Discipline that Connects
True Hope Church (Held on Redemption Spokane Campus)
Register here!

It’s Not Defiance — It’s Science!

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Photo: Eden, Janine, and Jim | Flickr

Pretty much every kid loves to experiment with chaos: dropping food, smearing things, investigating cupboards or containers, throwing toys — you name it, a toddler has probably gotten into it.

It can be easy to get aggravated when your child gets into yet another mess. But if we expect kids to just stop when we say “stop,” we’re probably not going to get very far.

Why? Because we’re fighting their brains.