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My Child Doesn’t Believe in God. Now What?

From time to time, we receive questions from the Connected Families community about what to do when your child doesn’t believe in God. This is…

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How to Become an Emotionally Safe ParentWhen anger, anxiety, and a need to control no longer drive your discipline

What does it look like to become an emotionally safe parent? Safe parenting can be hard. There are a few key ideas to being a…

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Demanding Kids: “I Want 2 Stories, 5 Kisses, and 10 Hugs”A Thoughtful Response to Your Child’s Demands

“I want that toy!”“I need more kisses!”“I want these jeans!” Kids of all ages can get laser focused onto the thing they just have to…

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My Child Is Not My Report CardA connected families story

Several years ago Meg became acquainted with Connected Families. While she was listening to the Grace and Truth for Moms message, she was struck by…

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A Better Way to Respond to Tantrums

Whether you call them tantrums, meltdowns, or “big feelings” – we all know that most kids (and therefore most parents) struggle at times when emotions…

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Is Your Response to Misbehavior Helpful or Hurtful?

When you see your child doing something hurtful, it’s second nature to want to jump in and correct the behavior immediately! But sometimes this can…

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How I Got My Kids to Obey Immediately… and Why I Stopped

I remember like yesterday walking in the door after work to what I believed were out-of-control children in my wife’s care. She’d lean into me…

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Why We Think “Showing Kids What’s What” Doesn’t Actually Work

Rick was feeling impatient with the way his wife was dealing with their children’s misbehavior. He shared his thoughts with me during a recent conversation:…

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How to Avoid Being Taken Hostage by Kids’ Demands

Parents sometimes feel like hostages to the intense demands of their children, intimidated into submission with the threat of “the big gun” – a deafening…

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Why It’s Good That Your Kids Don’t Believe You

When kids melt down, we often counsel parents to respond with empathy. When you truly understand your struggling child, it strongly communicates the essential message,…

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