toddlers

It’s Not Defiance — It’s Science!

Pretty much every kid loves to experiment with chaos: dropping food, smearing things, investigating cupboards or containers, throwing toys — you name it, a toddler...

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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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Feeling Stuck? Move Toward the Struggling Child.

  Parents often find themselves at a loss when kids are particularly discouraged or struggling. It can begin to feel hopeless when everything you’ve tried...

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A Creative Dad’s Tip for Teaching Sharing

Recently we wrote about helping kids value sharing. If your child needs some practice sharing, and you want some practical ideas, consider following in the...

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Teach Kids to Be Responsible for Their Own Actions

  When our kids hurt their siblings, our sense of justice compels us to punish them. But sometimes punishment is not the best way to...

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12 Misbehaviors and the God-Given Gifts Behind ThemSeeing Strengths Even in Struggles

All talents or gifts can be used for God’s purposes, but they can also be distorted by selfishness and sin and used to serve misbehavior....

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The Five Powerful Results of Empathy

There is no more important time for kids to know they’re loved than when they misbehave. If the love message misses them then, they may...

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How to Deal with an Attention Addict

  Recently, on a weekend when all our kids were home, we dug out the family videos for a trip down memory lane (or, in...

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Is There Harm in Convincing Kids Santa Is Real?

Note: For some of our readers this post may touch a nerve. Please know we write in a spirit of deeply wanting to see the...

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To Spank or Not to Spank?

We often get asked, “What about spanking?” One parent we talked with explained a conversation she had with her pastor about some behavior from her daughter...

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