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Scared to Launch Your Teen? This Is for You.

For parents of older teens, the thought of releasing our kids into the world can be frightening, particularly if they have shown very few signs…

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Mercy in the Midst of Our Struggle

“Can’t you just get in the bathtub without arguing?!!” Daniel and I were nose-to-nose in a typical power struggle. I knew it was going to…

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Letter to a Discouraged Parent

To the discouraged Mom in the third row, As I share a story from my own parenting journey, our eyes meet and I sense a…

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A confession from a Connected Families employee…

I’ve read a ton of Connected Families content over the past couple years and, now that I’m on staff, I’m reading even more. By now,…

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4 Simple Ways to Bridge the Mother-Son Divide

  Father-daughter dances bring delight as little skirts and tall suits whirl around the dance floor. A mother-daughter brunch is bright with “girly chatter.” Adventurous…

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Letter to a Tired Parent

To the Dad in the front row at our workshop, You are here — and, based on your eye contact and nods, you are attentive….

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The sky is closer than you think…

The following is based on a reflection written by our eldest son, Daniel. We’ve adapted it a bit to speak more to parents. ~Jim &…

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Build Your Easter on the Cross

Easter: The day when we sit through church together, and then VROOM! On to the… Ham. Potatoes. Egg hunts. Chocolate bunnies. Bright baskets overflowing with…

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Do Your Questions Help or Hurt Your Kids?

Ed was trying to be patient and thoughtful, but he was at the end of his rope. Instead of helping him fix dinner, his two…

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How to Patiently Coax Kids into Connection and Learning

“This mustang is really just a cranky teenager,” I mused as I intently watched the horse-trainer’s keen discernment and saint-like patience. Nicole would take a…

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