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“Focusing on connection first has changed the dynamics of our home.”A "Where Are They Now?" Story

As part of our year-end “Where Are They Now?” fundraising campaign, we are checking in with families who have been utilizing the Connected Families Framework…

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Motivate. Model. Practice. Praise.Proactively grow skills without demands and threats

“Uhhh! If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times, that is NOT OK!! Why do you keep….” (hitting your sibling/sassing me/making a…

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Your child is “playing doctor” with a friendKids’ curiosity and teaching children healthy boundaries

The Connected Families Framework is an effective tool for parents to utilize in a variety of challenging scenarios, including teaching children healthy boundaries. It provides…

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“Go Away, I Want MOMMY!”How to respond when kids pick a favorite caregiver

It’s a challenge to know how to respond when kids pick a favorite caregiver, regardless of whether it’s mom, dad, a grandparent, or even a…

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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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Is It All Worth It?The larger opportunities in youth sports

Like many parents, I have a strong interest in athletics. I competed in four sports in high school and continued with track and field in…

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4 Simple Ways to Bridge the Mother-Son DivideYou CAN connect well with your son by using insight, creativity and perseverance

Father-daughter dances bring delight as tall suits and little skirts whirl around the dance floor. A mother-daughter brunch is bright with “girly chatter.” Adventurous camaraderie…

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Should Parents Have Do-Overs Too?Break the habit of harsh responses and embrace a 2nd chance!

We frequently hear from parents, in coaching and in conversation, who say that it is really hard to break the habit of harsh responses and…

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When Out-of-Control Kids Can’t Hear Your Gentle VoiceGetting Kids Attention in the Mayhem

Whether it’s angry sibling conflict or just wild and silly craziness, it’s hard to know how to engage kids’ mayhem without using a fast, large,…

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Discipline That Connects with Your Child’s HeartIs the online course right for me?

In this podcast, Jim Jackson interviews Stacy Bellward, online course moderator, in a fun and heartfelt conversation. (Find out what even got Jim a little…

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