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3 Tips for Teaching Your Runaway 3-Year-Old Traffic Safety

Your 3-year-old just ripped their hand out of yours and is running away from you in public. Again. This is a life-or-death situation that puts…

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Why Demanding Respect From Kids Doesn’t Work | Ep. 48A Connected Families Podcast

Recently, we introduced you to Juan and Nita from South Africa. Today, we are excited to bring you a more in-depth interview where they share…

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How to Say “No” to Kids Without the Power StrugglesSet boundaries and grow wisdom in your kids

Think about how it usually goes: Your child focuses on a goal (even if it is a really bad goal like “teaching little sister a…

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My Child Wants Nothing to Do with Me. Is There Hope?16 ways to connect when connecting is hard

Even if your child wants nothing to do with you, don’t give up What a great story of how persistence pays off. It can be…

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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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Safety FirstCreating a culture of security and well-being in your home

At a banquet I attended I sat near a father and his two elementary-aged sons. They were playful and I engaged with them the way…

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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?” If your child is hitting, you want them to stop hitting…

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“I’m Just SO Tired!”A connected families story

Annie had one idea in mind. Her exhausted five-year-old son had another. By applying what she learned through Connected Families, Annie experienced a sweet parenting…

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Telling vs AskingOne shuts down the brain. The other activates it.

What’s the difference between telling and asking? I’m a teller by nature. It seems easier. Maybe just more efficient, really. I tell my child what…

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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 that…

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