disrespect

To Spank or Not to Spank?The Great Spanking Debate

If you work with Christian parents, it’s tempting to stay far away from the spanking debate. There are the “never spank” parents, the “immediate obedience…

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We Say “Stop!” They say, “NO!”

 Working with parents for over twenty years, we consistently see the following scenarios play out with kids of all ages:  Parents say “Do this!” Kids…

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Keep Calm and Stay Connected (to your teen!)

Teens long for independence. As kids get older, parents and teens often begin to have opposing goals which may create varied degrees of conflict. Kids…

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“I will love you simply because you are my son.”A Connected Families Story

One of the things we love most at Connected Families is when parents contact us to tell us how our resources have made a positive…

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Parent or FriendCan You Be Both to Your Child?

    “Kids don’t need us to be their friends, they need us to be their parents!” The dad huffed, frustrated that I had suggested…

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Hope for Critical ParentsDo You Feel Stuck in Unhelpful Parenting? Be Equipped and Encouraged!

“Mom, whenever I clean, you just notice what I missed or didn’t do good enough!” I can still remember one of my kids saying that,…

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“I Was Meeting HIS Disrespect with MY Disrespect”A Connected Families Story

November is adoption/foster care awareness month. We often have the privilege of coaching parents who have built their families through adoption. Even though adoption can…

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Turn Name-Calling into Connection

“You’re dumb!”“No, YOU’RE dumb!”“Well, you’re a loser!”“I know you are, but what am I?”“You’re a butthead!” “MOMMMMMMMMM!!!!” Name-calling between children is a challenge for many…

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Staying Connected With Your TeenWhen they stiff arm and reach for you at the same time

When kids become teens, they start acting like they don’t need us. If we don’t understand why they’re doing this, and figure out ways to…

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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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