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When Kids Don’t Listen

“How do I get my child to listen?!!” Listening when you’re addressed by someone is a great life skill, but one that often our children...

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6 Practical Ways to Show Love to Kids

One of the best times to show love to your kids is when they are misbehaving. Anger, frustration and lecturing are standard reactions to a...

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Don’t Get Busted by Your Kids: Watch, Ask, and Listen!

A mother of five told us that her older children once “busted” her and her husband with an insightful observation: “We know you’re not listening...

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Want Kids to Value Your Advice? Try This.

  Caroline was thoughtful as I described how our young adult kids call from time to time and ask us to help them think through...

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Communicate Love to Your Kids. Use Words When Necessary.

When kids melt down, we often advise parents to respond with empathy, by saying out loud what the kiddo might be feeling. But sometimes we...

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How to Be a Safer Parent

Today we’d like to share with you a story from the blog of Bo, a dad who with his wife Jen took our online course...

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Questions (Part 3)

  Teaching the art of asking good questions is a favorite goal in our daily work with parents. Why? Because we’ve learned that lectures and...

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Practical Skills to Pick Up the Pieces After You Blow It

Last week we wrote about what to do when we blow it. We suggested that overcoming parenting mistakes isn’t so much about not making them...

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How do I talk to my kids about race?

Parents, are you struggling with how to address the recent racial tension that has exploded across the United States? At Connected Families we are on...

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Are You Teaching Your Child to Ignore You?

We’ve often heard parents say, “I hate to yell, but the kids just won’t listen until I do!” If the kids aren’t listening to requests,...

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