Chad Hayenga

Do You Have a Positive View of Your Child’s Future?

The Search Institute has done years of research on how kids turn out to be healthy, contributing members of society. They are probably most well-known...

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Does Your Family Have a Purpose?

Our family likes to have plans in the works for the upcoming year. A possible Florida trip this spring to see family? What about our family’s...

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Do Your Questions Help or Hurt Your Kids?

Ed was trying to be patient and thoughtful, but he was at the end of his rope. Instead of helping him fix dinner, his two...

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Why Do My Kids Misbehave to Get My Attention?

Recently, Connected Families Co-Founder Lynne Jackson sat down with Connected Families Coach Chad Hayenga to get his thoughts on why kids misbehave to get our attention...

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So You Killed Your Cat. Now What?

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

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How to Help Kids Follow Family Rules

When it comes to family rules, a common mistake parents make is not clearly defining the rules! What is acceptable and what is not in...

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What Causes Power Struggles and How Can I Stop Them?

Recently CF co-founder Lynne Jackson sat down with Chad Hayenga, one of CF’s Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists, to get his take on a common...

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How Family Meetings Can Un-Spoil Kids

One day, my wife and I looked at each other and noticed ourselves doing many things for our kids that they were fully capable of...

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Can Family Meetings Really Work?

Family Meetings: just the words send some parents into a state of anxiety while kids yawn and get immediately distracted. But with a few simple...

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What’s Your Child Really Saying?How I Created Connection with my Child's Heart

It was the first warm day of spring in Minnesota, which usually means MUD. The ground was still soggy from the snow melt, but the...

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