parents’ stories

To Unlock Your Child’s Heart, Just Ask for the Key!

If you are reading this, you probably want your kids to know how much you love them. And you probably tell them often that you...

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How to Get Kids to Care about School & GradesWithout Nagging

  Over the years, Lynne and I have worked with many families who struggle with the same issues. Time and again, we see how a...

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This Kid Changed Overnight! Here’s How…

Sometimes it takes a while for parents to change in ways that lead to deeper respect from their kids. Sometimes it can happen fast. When...

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An Unconventional Solution to a Child’s Resistance

We often see a common parenting cycle when kids are prone to anxiety. In short, it goes like this: Child feels anxious Worried, but well-meaning...

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How to Help Your Kids Repent

  We received this story from “Shelly”, who was able to communicate love in misbehavior and saw it bear fruit with her 8 year-old-son… This...

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Possibly the Best Way to Build Wisdom

Asking sincere questions, even with small kids, is a great way to build wisdom. Here’s a story a mom emailed to us that shows the...

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So you’re raising a feisty spitfire? Cool!

  Julia was a spitfire. When she was a tyke, she was ready to take the world by storm. All who knew her mom, Maggie,...

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Anna’s Story: When Traditional Parenting Just Doesn’t Cut It

Anna Braasch, Connected Families Executive Director has brought a much needed perspective of parenting adopted kids to our team. Formulaic parenting sounds good, but as Anna...

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How Your Support Helped a Child Learn to Take Her Own Time-Outs

“I wasn’t safe! I need to go to my room to think about this,” exclaimed five-year-old Selah after hitting her infant brother Caleb. It seemed...

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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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