disobedience

What is the goal of your discipline?Long-term vision vs short-term fixes

At parenting workshops we ask the question, “What is the goal of your discipline?” The answers we frequently hear could be summarized like this: “To…

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“I can’t hear you!”How do you talk to your child when he doesn’t WANT to hear you?

“I can’t hear you!! I can’t hear you!!” You thought his misbehavior was frustrating, but when your child covers his ears and yells “I can’t…

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What do I do when my child just says no?

Recently we received this question from Michelle: I am struggling with a tween who often says no to my requests. She is a good girl…

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Should We Demand Immediate Obedience?

As a young dad, I was taught that “delayed obedience is disobedience,” and that kids should be required to immediately obey all parental requests. I…

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The Awesome Thing About Your Kid’s Misbehavior…

The rough-looking teen’s tough veneer had softened. I detected tears in his eyes. “No one has ever said anything like that to me.” Just minutes…

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Helping Your Highly Sensitive Child

There are challenging kids, and there are “over-the-top” challenging kids. Research suggests that around 15% of all children are considered highly sensitive. What does this…

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The Power of Defiance

Jesus was defiant. He defied Satan’s temptation. He defied the religious structures of the day. He defied legalism. He even defied death. One of our…

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It’s Not Defiance — It’s Science!

Pretty much every kid loves to experiment with chaos: dropping food, smearing things, investigating cupboards or containers, throwing toys — you name it, a toddler…

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Danger, Obedience, and Teaching Kids Traffic Safety

“What does Connected Families teach about obedience?” Hannah, who was exasperated with her defiant preschooler’s flighty behavior in a parking lot, explained the context for…

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Powerful Strategies to Fill Your Parenting with Peace and Confidence

  Recently Jim and Lynne sat down with the folks over at the Positive Parenting podcast to talk about how to discipline in a way…

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