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About Us

Our Mission

Connected Families is a non-profit ministry that exists to support Christ-centered transformation in families by stewarding a growing worldwide community of parents, parent coaches, and partners equipped with a biblical framework for parenting.

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What We Do



You can enjoy our writing through our blog and our books.



We’d love to speak with you through our workshops, podcast, and guest interviews.



It is an honor to coach families like yours. Learn more about parent coaching.

Online Courses

Online Courses

Every year hundreds of students take our online parenting courses and experience growth.

Jim & Lynne Jackson

What makes a great parent?

It’s the burning question most parents ask at some point in their parenting journey. Is there a secret formula? A magical to-do list? And if those parenting weapons exist, where can you find them?

That exact burning question also sparked a desire in Jim and Lynne Jackson, co-founders of Connected Families, to fill a growing need for fresh, biblically sound, and practical parenting resources.

With over 50 combined years of professionally helping families and a love for working in the church, Jim and Lynne have been dedicated to bringing reliable, God-centered, research-based parenting resources to all families since 2002.

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All of our work is donor-supported

We don’t want finances to prevent any family from gaining the parenting support they need. That’s why we offer generous scholarship opportunities to anyone who asks. To do that, we depend on you. If you have been blessed by Connected Family’s ministry, please prayerfully consider supporting us.

Donor Impact Report

Thanks to our donors, in FY2024, over 67,000 hungry parents were fed Christ-centered, biblically grounded, research-informed, trauma-sensitive content every week.

Learn more about how your generosity transforms chaos into connection. Download the FY24 Donor Impact Report.

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What makes Connected Families different?

A special combination of

  • Professional and personal experience
  • Biblical foundations infused by God’s grace and truth, AND
  • A solid science-based and trauma-informed approach to everything we do

From those three important ingredients, we created a simple yet effective Connected Families Framework®.

What parents say about our framework

This parenting framework is at the center of all the work we do here at Connected Families. We believe it can be applied across the parenting spectrum, from toddlerhood to the teen years, from neurotypical kids to kids with significant special needs, and no matter how your kids join your family. Parents who implement this framework have shared with us how profoundly it changed their lives.

  • “I am changed for good!”
  • “Our relationships at home have greatly improved.”
  • “This is the most encouraging way to parent that I’ve seen.”
  • “Connected Families is my go-to parenting resource.”

Our Chinese Language Initiative

Approximately 16% of the world reads and writes Chinese and speaks Mandarin, Cantonese, or some other form of Chinese dialect. That means a lot of Chinese parents!

As it turns out, some of these committed Chinese parents and grandparents have reached out to Connected Families. To increase access to Connected Families resources we are working to translate several key resources (including the popular course “Discipline that Connects With Your Child’s Heart”), build a simple Chinese website, and train Chinese parent coaches.

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Want to learn more about our framework?

Get our FREE ebook, Four Messages Every Child Longs to Hear.