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Your Parenting Goals Are GREAT

So why doesn’t life look like those parenting goals?

Your methods don’t match your goals

In our experience, most parents’ methods don’t match their goals. That’s not reason for shame. Instead, that’s reason for an honest exploration of why it’s so hard to build the loving and connected family that you long for.

Your parenting reflexes don’t come from your parenting goals

You’ve got parenting reflexes. Like the reflex that gets so mad when your child sits on the floor, crosses their arms, and says, “No.” You probably have an automatic default that responds in a certain way.

Unfortunately, your parenting reflexes likely have little do with your parenting goals.

They might, in fact, have a lot to do with how you were parented.

So what do you do?

Connected Families welcomes you and invites you on this exploration. You want to be a better mom or a better dad, and you can be. You can grow. Your kids can grow. We can all grow.

There is always hope.

By examining your foundation and thinking through what messages you want to send your kids, you can transform your family (or, for that matter, your classroom, your community, or wherever you interact with children).

Below are a few easy steps you can take to start you off on this journey, as you become a more loving, connected, grace-filled parent.

1. Start with your parenting

This video provides a quick overview of the Connected Families Framework and how you can use it to start aligning your parenting with your parenting goals.

Keep digging deeper.

If the above video has inspired you, keep on digging deeper. For a more complete overview of the Connected Families framework, get your free ebook, Four Messages Every Child Longs to Hear.

When you give us your email address, we’ll send you the ebook and also a weekly grace-filled parenting tip article. You can unsubscribe at any time.

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2. Get specific about the problem areas in your home

We’ve all got areas where our parenting least matches our parenting goals. As you progress through a firmer understanding of this new parenting framework, it’s time to apply it to the needs in your home. Dig into the articles in the categories below where you feel you need the most help.



Learn to respond to misbehavior in graceful way that doesn’t lose your child’s heart.

Family Conflict

Family Conflict

Everyone has conflict. Teach your kids to be conflict resolution masters.

Entitlement & Responsibility

Entitlement & Responsibility

Show your kids that they are called, capable, and responsible for being a blessing to others.

Sensitive & Intense Kids

Sensitive & Intense Kids

You’ve got that one child that you can’t parent by the books? You’re not alone.

Mentoring Your Kids

Mentoring Your Kids

Your goal is to raise wise, independent kids. But how do we teach wisdom?!


Overwhelmed By Parenting?

It’s okay. You’re here. There’s hope. Read more.

3. Invest in your family

Your family is 100% worth it. Twenty years from now, you will never look back and think, “We tried too hard. We took parenting too seriously. We worked too hard on our parenting goals.”

Depending on your needs, there are two primary ways we help you invest in your family: online parenting courses and parent coaching.

Parent Coaching

Sometimes the best investment you can make is to work individually with a parent coach.

You don’t have to do this alone.

One of our trained parent coaches will help you work through your parenting goals, struggles, and how to move forward.

About Connected Families

Parent with Confidence. Lead with Grace.

Jim & Lynne Jackson began Connected Families in 2002. Our team is committed to bringing you content and support that will challenge, encourage, and equip you to be the thoughtful and confident parent you long to be.

We use professional experience, biblical truths, and child development research to help guide you on your journey.

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What are you good at?

Take the free Online Parenting Assessment.

You’re doing a lot of things right. Take a look at both your STRENGTHS and areas for improvement.

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