Discipline That Connects

an 8-session online course equipping you to connect with your child’s heart during discipline.

Discipline That Connects Online Course

an 8-session online course that will equip you to connect with your child’s heart during discipline.

Discipline That Connects - Online Course
Overwhelmed by Parenting?

Find Christian discipline solutions that work by grounding your family in God’s grace & truth.

Discover graceful biblical discipline

Connect with your child's heart the way God connects with us in our mistakes.

The Discipline Problem

When discipline aims at quick fixes to the behavior, it tends to be

  • Short-sighted
  • Random
  • Punitive
  • Unpredictable

Kids feel confused, and even emotionally unsafe, because they never know what to expect. And when their brains feel unsafe, they rarely learn what you want them to learn.

But when parents learn to discipline with a grace-filled, long view in mind, their kids develop identity according to God’s grace and truth.

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Registration forDiscipline That Connects online course opens on September 7

We offer this course twice a year. The next time we open registration is September 2021. Let us know you are interested and we'll keep you posted when registration opens! 

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A transformative parenting framework

When you complete the course you’ll learn:

Four key messages that will shape what your children believe about themselves in a way that make them WANT to behave better.

To communicate these four powerful messages in ways your kids can’t miss.

How to respond with confidence (not confusion) when your kids act up.

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Jim and Lynne Jackson, founders of Connected Families and co-authors of How to Grow a Connected Family and Discipline That Connects With Your Child’s Heart have over fifty years combined professional experience working with children, teens, and families. In 1990, after serving as ministry staff in two large churches and bearing two intense and lively kids, Jim and Lynne became very intentional about parenting, and then about helping other parents. Lynne became a pediatric Occupational Therapist. Jim became a director of a ministry to high-risk teens and their families. They added a third child, completing their AAA hat-trick (that is, adding a third child with ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies. Quite an intense bunch!). As Jim and Lynne toughed out those early years, they started developing numerous resources to inspire and equip parents for grace and truth in their relationships at home.  After serving hundreds of parents and thousands of kids it became clear more was needed. In 2002 Jim and Lynne founded Connected Families to partner with churches to build strong families. Their presentations bring real life to audiences through impromptu role-plays, transparent stories of their own successes and failures, and stories of the experiences of hundreds of parents they have coached over the years. They leave parents laughing, crying, encouraged and equipped to uniquely bring God’s grace to life in their homes right away! Whether in the trenches with parents as mentors, on the stage as presenters, or in planning meetings with staff, Jim and Lynne bring a wealth of experience, overflowing passion, and years of wisdom to their service.

Who are the instructors?

Jim and Lynne Jackson, co-founders of Connected Families, have taught this easy-to-remember framework to thousands of parents in live workshops and private coaching since 1993.

This powerful framework focuses on four key messages and is taught throughout eight sessions.

When you’ve completed the course, you will join thousands of parents who have benefitted from the same transformational content.

how did you imagine parenting

Think back. Is this how you envisioned parenting?

Do you remember what you thought parenting would be like? Full of laughter, fun and cute memory-making moments? Cuddles? Deep biblical discussions?

And yet, here you are, struggling with disobedience, anger, frustrations, and disappointment.

This isn't how you envisioned Christian parenting or discipline.


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connect during discipline

Get unstuck. Connect to your child's heart during discipline.

God is after your child's heart, and God is using YOU to get there.

But so many parenting good intentions backfire. They lead to angry, frustrated, or discouraged kids.

Since God is using you to woo your child's heart, then connecting to that heart is at the center of all your parenting—including discipline.


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What is the Discipline that Connects online course?

Eight 30-minute, pre-recorded sessions on YOUR schedule!

  • In your PJs? No problem!
  • On lunch break? Perfect!

A moderated course to incorporate four key messages into all your discipline.

Visit our FAQ page for more information.

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What Parents Are Saying

“Let go of the power struggles with your toddlers”

I absolutely recommend this course to anyone interested in better understanding themselves and their family. If you want to let go of the power struggles with your toddlers, Jim and Lynne give you a different and life-giving way of maneuvering through conflict. 

Since I took the course several month ago, I’ve practiced getting low and slow, looking for the good in the tantrums, and taking time to look into their eyes and have fun. It works. 

If you’re looking for a quick fix to your child’s behavior, this is not for you. If you’re looking to build relationships that you enjoy and that can last a lifetime—this is your course.

Rebekah M.

“Slow, low and listen—the Biblical life position!”

Thank you for infusing our home with hope. Discipline That Connects with Your Child’s Heart reminds me to connect my heart with my identity in Christ Jesus, challenging me to live out my faith in everyday moments with my family. Viewing myself through God’s lens allows me to move toward my children His way: Slow, low and listen—the Biblical life position!

Erika R


Not just making rule followers

This course is so unique. At first we started the course just wanting to know how to apply the framework to “discipline situations” so we could create children who followed the rules.

As we worked through the course, we realized that God’s role for us in our children’s life is not just to make them rule followers. His goal is to use us as a tool to help our children realize how desperately we all need the power of Christ in our life.

Rachel & Robbie

Parents of 3

Connecting the gospel and developmental pediatrics

As a Physician Assistant who works in a pediatric office, I often felt a disconnect between what I learned about how children develop and effective discipline in my profession and the Christian parenting advice I received. It was such a relief to take the DTC course and learn how to apply the gospel to my parenting in a way that put into practice what I knew about developmental pediatrics.

What we learned in DTC was so helpful for our family and has resulted in decreased stress and conflict and improved relationships in our home and my personal growth as a Christian, a mom, and a pediatric provider. Thank you Connected Families!


Pediatric Physician's Assistant & Mom of 3

“We love each other more than all our matching dresses!”

My biggest shift came from a deeper understanding that it’s God’s problem, not mine, that I am me and my daughter is herself and that He put us together.

“I am a contained mama with a wild-and-free girl. We butt heads sometimes, but we love each other more than all our matching dresses!”

My role isn’t to fix, perfect, or even tally results, but to create an environment of love, safety, connection, and support. Any effort I make to that end is a deposit in the bank of her understanding that no matter what, I am for her and with her and God has both of us.

Parenting failures and extreme misbehaviors don’t shut me down or disorient me anymore, they spur me on to “do-overs” and grace-filled conversations that point to how much we BOTH need Jesus. 

What's Included?

  • Session 1: A Fresh Perspective on Discipline
  • Session 2: You Are Safe with Me - What’s Going on in Me?
  • Session 3: You Are Safe with Me - Keep Discipline on Track
  • Session 4: You Are Loved No Matter What!
  • Session 5: You Are Called and Capable - Discover and Affirm Capability
  • Session 6: You Are Called and Capable - Grow Skills and Wisdom
  • Session 7: You Are Responsible for Your Actions
  • Session 8: All Four Messages Working Together

During the course, there will be three live Q & As with Jim and Lynne Jackson where you can get YOUR questions answered. 

  • February 23
  • March 16
  • April 6

Each of these Q & As are recorded and available later for your review. 

Content is available on Tuesday, February 2nd.  

To allow the course material to sink in, we encourage students to complete session per week with the following schedule in mind. However you are always able to work ahead! 

  • February 2 - Session 1
  • February 9 - Session 2
  • February 16 - Session 3
    • TUESDAY, Feb 23 - #1 Live Q&A
  • February 23 - Session 4
  • March 2 - Session 5
  • March 9 - Session 6
    • TUESDAY, March 16 - #2 Live Q&A
  • March 16 - Catch up week
  • March 23 - Session 7
  • March 30 - Session 8
    • TUESDAY, April 6 - #3 Live Q&A

Stacy Bellward (our online moderator & ICF Certified Coach) will answer your questions and support your experience while the course is in session (February 2021 through the beginning of April. 

Each Tuesday you'll receive an email from Stacy Bellward encouraging and supporting you in your journey. You can reply to any of these emails to get in touch with us. 

***IMPORTANT: if you are not receiving these weekly emails you likely registered using an incorrect email address. Contact us right away at [email protected] to troubleshoot.*** 

All DTC alum who complete the course are invited to participate in a PRIVATE moderated Facebook group. 

Go back and review the material as often as needed. Comments are no longer visible and moderation is no longer provided after April 7, 2021. But you will have ongoing access to the video content. 

If you find that this course is not for you, simply contact us during your first month for a full refund.

Upon request we will supply you with a certificate of completion which might be helpful if you are in the adoption or foster care process or are a childcare provider. 

Bonus Materials Included When You Register:

NEW to the course? Live in the United States?

Register early to ensure you'll receive your Welcome Packet by the time the course starts! 

Discounted audio download of the DTC full-length book

$2 discount code on the DTC paperback book

A workbook to keep your notes and ideas handy

Application Cards to have easy reminders of what you’ve learned

Framework magnet to be kept in a visible place for quick access

5x7 printed syllabus with proposed completion dates

8 x 10 word art of four messages

20% off coupon for a friend to join the online course

Scripture memory cards that support each session

Alumni? Live outside the US?

You will receive digital downloads of the following:

Discounted audio download of the DTC full-length book

$2 discount code on the DTC paperback book

A digital workbook to keep your notes and ideas handy

Printable Application Cards for easy reminders

Printable PDF of the CF framework

Printable 5x7 syllabus with proposed completion dates

Printable 8 x 10 word art of four messages

20% off coupon for a friend to join the online course

Printable scripture memory cards that support each session

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Become The Parent You Want To Be

1. Register early

Register in January and let us know where to send your Welcome Packet in the mail. 

2. Complete the course

Once you purchase the course you will always have access. The course moderator is available during the 8 weeks the course is in session. 

3. Parent with confidence

Apply the framework you’ve learned and watch your family transform.

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Are you ready to invest in your family? We make it easy.


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