Jim Jackson

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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Loving the PARENT of Your RealityApplying the Connected Families framework to your adult relationships

As you head into the holiday season there’s a good chance you’ll spend more time with your extended family than you typically would. With that...

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“You have chubby little legs!”(One of my biggest parenting mistakes)

We can joke about it now. Mostly. But, at the time, I saw it as one of my worst parenting moments and I worried I’d...

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A Tale of Two DadsIf you want to correct, make sure you connect!

The first dad was angry. I answered his phone call and heard a wide assortment of issues. His son was hanging out with a group...

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Stay curious during tough conversationsWhy lectures never win

I remember a tough conversation I needed to have with our third-grade son, Daniel. I wasn’t very happy about the company he was starting to...

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The Growing Problem of Entitlement

“This is stupid! Why do I have so many chores! This is your job, Mom! And when can I get a phone? Everyone else in...

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What could have ruined our marriageand how God’s grace intervened

During our 30+ years of marriage we had occasionally heard of couples ending their marriage due to infidelity. But, for whatever reason, in 2015 Lynne...

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