Chad Hayenga

Attention-Seeking Child at School?Working with teachers to guide and encourage struggling kids

Hearing from the school that your child isn’t doing well or is causing problems for the teacher is a dreaded scenario for many parents. A...

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Who Has Time for This?The importance of scheduling structured family time

After a workshop I led where I talked about, among other things, the benefits of holding family meetings, I was asked by a dad, “Family...

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“I’m the Parent. I Don’t HAVE to Say Please”A Connected Families story

Have you heard ungrateful demands (like the ones below) from kids who seem to expect you to drop your life in order to take care...

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Telling vs AskingOne shuts down the brain. The other activates it.

What’s the difference between telling and asking? I’m a teller by nature. It seems easier. Maybe just more efficient, really. I tell my child what...

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So You Killed The Cat….Now What?Truth is always best.

“Do you think we should tell the kids what really happened? What they don’t know won’t hurt them, right?” We received this question when a...

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Sometimes I Cry About My Parenting Mistakes

There are some mornings when I wake up with a knot in my stomach and questions on my mind. Maybe you’ve been there too. (Or...

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I’m a therapist, but I choose to coach. Here’s why.

Coaching parents has been the greatest joy in my professional life! I’ve seen countless kids’ lives change for good while witnessing greater parent confidence and...

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Sometimes feel like swearing at your kids? This one’s for you.

As a parent coach, primarily working with parents of teens, I’ve found commonality in the issues parents want to address – especially wanting their kids...

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Responding with Compassion When Kids Don’t Make the Grade

Do you have a teen or pre-teen that is tough to motivate regarding school? Perhaps this scene seems familiar: Your daughter is consistently behind with...

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Does Your Family Pray BIG Prayers?Building a culture of prayer in your home

As parents, and as Christians, many of us place great value on prayer. But sometimes figuring out how to grow a culture of prayer can...

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