Jim Jackson

What Changed My Mind About DadIn memory of Jim Jackson Sr.

Dear Connected Families family, I write to you today with a heavy, but hopeful, heart. The reason? My dad passed away on October 14th, and…

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12 Reasons for Love-No-Matter-WhatThe best time to express your unconditional love.

Mitch was only in his mid-twenties, but he confidently and warmly welcomed the congregation at a large local church we attended where he was a…

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Safety FirstCreating a culture of security and well-being in your home

At a banquet I attended I sat near a father and his two elementary-aged sons. They were playful and I engaged with them the way…

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Two Questions That Defuse Almost Any ConflictAnd how they build wisdom and empathy

  After working with parents for over twenty years we have learned that there are two critical questions that help guide children toward wisdom. The…

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Whose Life Is It Anyway?College bribery and the snowplow parent

Spoiled kids are in the news again – or rather parents who spoil kids. In 2012 we wrote about the problem of entitlement and offered…

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Getting Kids to Behave in ChurchMaking church a place of joy for your children

We received this question from a mom with three active boys who, at the time, was taking our online course Discipline That Connects With Your…

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Parent or FriendCan You Be Both to Your Child?

“Kids don’t need us to be their friends, they need us to be their parents!” The dad huffed, frustrated that I had suggested his teen…

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Kids Are Like Puppies

Little kids are kind of like puppies. They usually love unconditionally and are often forgiving when parents make mistakes of all kinds. Mom nags, child…

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What is “attachment style”and how does it impact my parenting?

She sat right in the front row of a Connected Families parenting workshop. For the first part of the teaching she listened wide-eyed and engaged…

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What if Alexa recorded my every parenting move?Four key ideas you can remember during discipline

For some reason, I have always behaved my best when people watch me, unless those people were my kids when they needed discipline. That’s when…

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