obedience

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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Danger, Obedience, and Teaching Kids Traffic Safety

“What does Connected Families teach about obedience?” Hannah, who was exasperated with her defiant preschooler’s flighty behavior in a parking lot, explained the context for...

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Powerful Strategies to Fill Your Parenting with Peace and Confidence [podcast]

  Recently Jim and Lynne sat down with the folks over at the Positive Parenting podcast to talk about how to discipline in a way...

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The Surprising Power of No, Yes, and Why

When our kids do something they’re not supposed to, or ask us for something they can’t have, often our reflexive response is a simple, quick,...

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How Do Your Kids Feel When You Discipline Them?

As a typically impatient, “get it done” sort of dad, I found myself in our early parenting years using my big voice and strong presence...

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One of the Biggest Deterrents to Effective Discipline…

One of the biggest deterrents to effective discipline is that parents get upset. They then use their big upset emotions to push outcomes. The younger...

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How I Got My Kids to Obey Immediately… and Why I Stopped

I remember like yesterday walking in the door after work to what I believed were out-of-control children in my wife’s care. She’d lean into me...

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What do I do when my child just says no?

Recently we received this question from Michelle: I am struggling with a tween who often says no to my requests. She is a good girl...

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Why You Should Teach Your Kids to Break the Rules

I grew up being really good at following rules. As a child (and even as a young adult), I really struggled with having grace for...

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When is defiance better than obedience?

  I’ll never forget her statement. I was speaking to a grade-school teacher in a Christian school about behavior problems with her students. In the...

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