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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 his teen...

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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...

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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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When Kids Say “I Hate You!” How Can Parents Respond?

“I hate you!” There are certainly plenty of parents who have heard those disrespectful words. Some parents are deeply hurt (“I can’t believe you would...

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What to Do When Relatives Criticize Your Parenting

Do you ever feel like your family is under the microscope at holiday gatherings? Your lively kids – in unfamiliar places, without their usual toys...

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“It was hard to be mad when you were so kind to me.”

In my role as a parenting speaker I do a lot of role plays with people in the audience. Though I had seen a lot...

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How do I get my son to stop talking back?

How do I get my 7-year-old son to stop talking back to everything we say? He is always right and we are always wrong! …...

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