Jim Jackson

Why I Didn’t Freak Out When Our Teen Ran AwayWhat research says is key to your child’s well-being

Your teen just ran away. You badly want to freak out. Where would they go? What if they get injured? Practically speaking, what should you…

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My Child Doesn’t Care About Grades. Now What?How to help kids care without nagging

Dinner is winding down and you ask your child if they have any homework. “I don’t know,” she says. You try to gently ask, “How…

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How God Created Us for Connection…and Science Agrees!

Have you ever worried that your relationship with your child is at risk? Is there a growing disconnection between you and your kids? Do you…

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4 Ways to Deal with Your Child’s Violent Outbursts

Kids of all ages can be prone to violent outbursts. Sometimes these violent outbursts get out of control. When your child screams, hits, bites, or…

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My Child Doesn’t Believe in God. Now What?

From time to time, we receive questions from the Connected Families community about what to do when your child doesn’t believe in God. This is…

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What Kids Learn About Politics NOW Might Last a Lifetime

The debates rage on. The signs are everywhere. The ads on TV are frequent, dramatic, and often saying terrible things about a person we don’t…

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Should I Punish My Child for Swearing?

“S#*t,” “Oh My G-d.” …or “What the _____?” We’ve heard from numerous parents that this kind of language hurts their ears as well as their…

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How to Become an Emotionally Safe ParentWhen anger, anxiety, and a need to control no longer drive your discipline

What does it look like to become an emotionally safe parent? Safe parenting can be hard. There are a few key ideas to being a…

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Teach Your Kids How to Trust GodIn a time of unrest and pandemic

Anxiety. I have struggled all my life with it. My family knows it. My kids know it. But most others don’t know it, unless I…

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The Secret to Helping a Child Who is Always AngryMoving from unhealthy to healthy anger responses

Some kids really struggle with their anger. It doesn’t mean you’ve done anything wrong. It likely means they’re pretty sensitive, and possibly have underlying stress…

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