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.
Stop Feeling Overwhelmed
Find solutions that work by grounding your family in God’s grace & truth.
Think Back With Us...
Do you remember what you thought parenting would be like? Full of laughter, fun and cute memory-making moments?
And yet, here you are, struggling with disobedience, frustrations, and feeling overwhelmed.
You may have thought getting through the terrible twos, trying threes, and troublesome teens wouldn't be that tricky. After all they're just phases. But why, then, do you feel so stuck?
Raising kids in today’s culture is harder than ever. Despite the vast array of resources and methods available, finding one that offers lasting solutions can be challenging. The Discipline That Connects online course stops that search.
We now have confidence and a plumb line to go back to as we parent TOGETHER in a way that is biblical, grace-filled, and gospel-centered. We're now on the same page and have practical tools for parenting.
- Sarah and Jeff, course participants fall 2015
Parents of three kids from Minnesota
I pray before a difficult parenting situation all the time now. Emotions can run hot in our family and I don’t want to be a yelling mother. Tapping into God’s patience is the only way I can do that.
- Maribeth, course participant fall 2016
Mom of 5 kids, ages 2 to 10 years
As a dad and a family pastor, this course has been the most insightful and helpful parenting material I've experienced. My natural tendency is to jump straight to coaching and correcting, only to feel frustrated when my words don't produce the desired effect. I now think "safety first" with my kids as well as with other relationships and situations. We want to make this course available to every family in our church!
- Will, course participant fall 2017
Dad of 4 kids, ages 3 - 11, from Indiana and family pastor
When you complete the course you’ll learn:
As you roll up your sleeves and complete the homework between sessions you’ll start seeing change - first in yourself, and then in your kids.
Are you ready to feel more confident in your parenting?
No More Second Guessing
Gain a clear sense of purpose and confidence as you discipline your children.
Understand the cycle of negative parenting patterns and how to break them.
Build lifelong character in your kids and watch them grow in God’s wisdom.
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.
Incorporating the lessons taught through this online course has given me real tools and words to use right at those volatile times. In fact, I wrote out actual "cue cards" that I thought would resonate best for our kids. It CHANGED everything! And I mean everything.
-Michelle, course participant fall 2015
Mom of three from Minnesota
I used to think discipline was all about being stern with our kids so that they'd behave well. I realize now it's about teaching our kids. Are they really ‘getting’ what I'm trying to teach them? This insight has helped me so much!
Kristen, course participant winter 2016
Mom of three from Maryland
Become The Parent You Want To Be
1. Register today
When you register by January 27 (and you live in the US) you’ll receive a welcome packet in the mail.
2. Complete the course
Course material is always available but will have an active moderator between Feb 4 and Mar 29.
3. Parent with confidence
Apply the techniques you’ve learned and watch your family transform.
How Does Your Style Of Discipline Affect Your Family?
When discipline aims at quick fixes, it tends to be short-sighted, random, overly punitive, and generally 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.
Your kids will thank you!
- 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
Content is available on Monday, February 4th. To allow the course material to sink in, we encourage students to do one session per week with the following schedule in mind. However you are always able to work ahead!
- Session 1 - week of February 4th
- Session 2 - week of February 11
- Session 3 - week of February 18
- Session 4 - week of February 25
- Session 5 - week of March 4
- Session 6 - week of March 11
- Session 7 - week of March 18
- Session 8 - week of March 25
Stacy Bellward (our online moderator & ICF Certified Coach) will answer your questions and support your experience while the course is in session (February 4th - March 29th).
Go back and review the material as often as needed. Comments are no longer visible and moderation is no longer provided after March 29th, but you’ll have ongoing access to the material.
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.
Bonus Materials Included When You Register:
Alumni? Live outside the US?
You will receive digital downloads of the following:
Are you ready to invest in your family? We make it easy.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are eight sessions of 30 minutes each that are pre-recorded and available to you on your schedule! This means that you can take it day or night and go through the course at the speed that works for you. The eight sessions are streaming videos with reflection questions interspersed throughout. We highly encourage course participants to leave comments when taking the course, but don’t require comments to move to the next session.
Each session takes 30-40 minutes to complete. It’s always available, so you can break it up to fit your schedule.
Yes! We have a small group version just for you. To learn more about format and pricing, check out our small group page.
We’ve found that those with the highest completion rate put each session on their calendar and treat it like any other appointment they can’t miss. Our suggestion is to schedule one session per week for eight weeks (February 4th - March 29th). This will keep the momentum going, but you also won’t feel overwhelmed.
Yes! Following an introductory session, in sessions two and three, you’ll begin to learn the brain science and gain tools for calming everyone down during conflict. In session four you’ll gain tools for connecting with your child that takes the intensity out of kids’ defiance. In session five and six you’ll learn to coach your kids in ways that build wisdom for life. In sessions seven and eight you’ll learn to use effective consequences. By the time you’re done you’ll be able to think far more clearly, biblically, and constructively in the face of daily challenges. You will experience more peace and confidence in your parenting.
Nope! But we do make it available to you by audio download. We also offer a $2 off coupon for the paperback book. It can be helpful to support your learning, but not necessary.
Of course! In fact, we encourage it! Just have that person register separately. If finances are an issue, have them fill out the scholarship form. Please do not share your username and password with others.
Since 2002 Connected Families founders Jim & Lynne Jackson have worked almost daily in the trenches with parents. Their discoveries have helped thousands of parents grow in skills and confidence. The basic idea is this: When parents make a primary goal of getting their children to behave right, parents and kids generally become adversaries. But when parents learn to focus first on helping their children grow into healthy, biblically-based belief about themselves and the world, these parents become allies with their kids and gain great influence in their lives. So we equip parents with a new primary goal for discipline, one that positions them as allies instead of adversaries.
While the principles taught in this course apply to all relationships, the specific examples and stories refer to kids ages 2 – 16. Parents have reported the principles apply well with older kids, grandkids, kids in the classroom, and even kids who have special needs such as ADHD, SPD, ASD, and attachment/trauma. So give it a whirl and if you feel like the course is not helpful to your family, just contact us for a full refund within 30 days.
Yes, this course is different! You’ll learn four basic biblical principles and be guided to uniquely apply those principles to you and your kids. As you grow into these principles you’ll grow in your unique ability to apply them.
The course connects with multiple learning styles. There are written, visual, emotional and interactive portions of the course that engage the whole brain. This is the most effective way to assure learning.
It is much easier to share the experience with a spouse. At the end of a long day it’s much easier to sit back on the couch, watch, and reflect together rather than read a book.
It is also different because it is relational in two ways:
- You’ll feel like Jim & Lynne are right there with you. Their warmth and compassion come through powerfully. We think you’ll find this to be as personal as an online course can be.
- You’ll be interacting with others going through the course at the same time. In each session are several reflection questions that invite participants to share their learning with each other.
We are able to provide certification that you registered and participated. You (or your board) would need to decide if it fits within your CEU guidelines.
Upon request we can provide a transcript of the entire course. You can read along while the video is playing. Our hope is to someday include subtitles on all our courses.
Yes! If $119 is out of your reach, we offer options ranging from $89.25 or less based on your specific circumstances. We want all parents, regardless of their ability to pay, to have access to this life-changing information. (Fill out this short scholarship request form to access your discount.)
- Register by January 27 to receive a welcome packet in the mail (if you live in the US and are new to the course).
- Welcome packets will be mailed as you register, with the last batch being mailed on Jan 28th.
- Everyone, regardless of when you register or where you live, will receive digital downloads of everything in the welcome packet.
- Content is released on February 4th
- Finish one session a week from February 4th through March 29th
- Participate in three live Q & As sprinkled throughout the course (Feb 22, March 15, March 29) or watch the replay after.
We Are Excited to Partner With You!
We look forward to partnering with you on this parenting journey, and will see you online soon!