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Connected Families Podcast

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Encouraging content to equip you to be a thoughtful and confident parent

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Encouraging content to equip you to be a thoughtful and confident parent

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Connected Families Podcast

Latest release on Feb 05, 2020

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Rank #1: Families on Purpose

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The most successful companies usually have clear cut goals and strategies to accomplish those goals. However, most families float through life haphazardly. When families get dangerously off track, parents often say, “I just don’t know how we got here.” A lack of intentionality is often implicated when families’ find themselves sinking or even shipwrecked.  In this podcast, Jim Jackson and Chad Hayenga will challenge you to have a plan to move your family forward with purpose.

In this podcast you will:  

discover practical ways to keep this from happening to your family.
be inspired to instill a sense of purpose for your unique family to be a blessing in whatever ways God calls you, whether that's in big* or lots of smaller ways. 
hear Chad’s story of the surprising impact of repeated discussions around a simple question his family would continually use to evaluate their goals.

Don’t miss these helpful ideas to guide your family away from shipwreck as you sail strongly toward God’s purposes.
*In this podcast Jim mentions a story that Donald Miller shares about a wealthy dad “buying an orphanage” for his family. We recognize the verbiage used by the man in the story could be off-putting. We pray the story behind the words can challenge you to consider how your family might embrace a greater purpose to bless others.

Like what you hear? Be sure to subscribe to Connected Families podcasts so you don't miss a single episode!
Leading your family with grace is a challenging proposition. We created an online course to equip you to do just that. Our Discipline That Connects with Your Child’s Heart online course is only offered twice a year. The winter 2020 course is now in session and registration will be CLOSING on February 11th.  In this 8-session course,  we thoroughly expand on our framework for parenting and make it applicable to all families. Join us! Your kids will thank you!

Feb 05 2020

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Rank #2: Your kids? They’re watching. ALL the time.

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In this podcast, Chad Hayenga and Jim Jackson will challenge you to think through what you’re modeling as you parent. They’ll equip you with natural, effective ways to “live your life out loud” in a manner that builds faith and wisdom in your kids.
 You’ll come away with:

practical tips on how to make prayer natural with your kids.
ideas on how to guide great dinner table conversations.
simple ways to keep kids engaged when you read the Bible. 

You may be intimidated by the idea of leading your kids to Jesus. The staff at church seems so much better equipped, right? But in your everyday life, you are teaching, leading, guiding and discipling in both the big moments, the small ones, and a million in between. Your kids are watching you all the time. The question is, what are they learning? 

Like what you hear? Be sure to subscribe to Connected Families podcasts so you don't miss a single episode!
Being intentional about modeling your values as you parent is vitally important! We can help. Our Discipline That Connects with Your Child’s Heart online course registration is now open. In this 8-session course, beginning the week of February 4th, we thoroughly expand on our framework for parenting and make it applicable to all families. Join us! Your kids will thank you!

Jan 29 2020

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Rank #3: Honoring Our Imperfect Dads

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If you’ve struggled in your relationship with one (or both!) of your parents, this podcast can give life-changing insight. Hurt and resentment left to brew under the surface can often perpetuate the effects of sin passing from one generation to another. 

In this podcast, Jim shares his process of working through very difficult feelings and dynamics in his relationship with his dad. This enabled him to get to a place of an affectionate, grace-filled, restored relationship. As mentioned in this fall 2019 blog post, he learned to apply the Connected Families Framework with his own parents.
In this podcast:

You’ll learn practical ways to release bitterness, reconnect, and confront a parent about past hurts. 
You’ll be encouraged to replace bitterness with forgiveness, and disconnection with affection and honor. 
You’ll be equipped to set boundaries as needed. 

As you learn to navigate your relationship with your earthly parents, you may even find your relationship with your heavenly Father growing deeper and more personal. In turn, this can permeate your own family for generations to come.

Like what you hear? Be sure to subscribe to Connected Families podcasts so you don't miss a single episode!

Being intentional about parenting is vitally important! We can help. Our Discipline That Connects with Your Child’s Heart online course registration is now open. In this 8-session course, beginning the week of Feb 4, we thoroughly expand on our framework for parenting and make it applicable to all families. Join us! Your kids will thank you!

Jan 22 2020

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Rank #4: When Doing My Best Isn’t Good Enough

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In this podcast episode, Jim and Chad take a deeper dive into the dynamics of dads’ good intentions with their kids. If you sometimes feel like you’re doing your best and it’s just not good enough, be encouraged and equipped by the ideas in this practical podcast.

In this podcast you’ll:

listen as Jim shares some helpful insights from his own relationship with his dad. 
hear a roleplay illustrating typical default parenting and the messages kids may actually be receiving.
be given examples demonstrating how to communicate messages of grace and truth to your kids in clear and practical ways.

Whether you are a dad (or mom!) who’s raising toddlers, tweens, or teens these deep and heartfelt principles can help change the trajectory of your family for generations to come. We invite you to listen to the rest of this podcast series and be encouraged to lead your family with grace! 

Like what you hear? Be sure to subscribe to Connected Families podcasts so you don't miss a single episode!
Our Discipline That Connects with Your Child’s Heart online course registration is now open! In this 8-session course, beginning the week of Feb 4, we thoroughly expand on our framework for parenting and make it applicable to all families. Join us! Your kids will thank you!

Jan 15 2020

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Rank #5: Leading Down a Grace-Filled Path

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Join Jim Jackson, Connected Families co-founder, and Chad Hayenga, LMFT, Certified Life Coach and parent coach, for this first episode in a 5-part series for dads. Moms, of course you’re welcome to listen! But Jim and Chad will be addressing specific issues unique to dads.  

Often dads are working outside the home and that can bring unique challenges. It’s easy to carry stress from work into the pressure cooker of home. Dads frequently, not always, feel they need to use strong authority to manage conflict in the family. The messages dads want to convey are often not the ones that kids receive. This can build disconnection and resentment in family relationships, despite the best intentions.

In this podcast you’ll:

learn 4 principles for parenting in a way that builds connection and respect.
hear a story about a dad who finally achieved a life-long goal with his kids when he began to focus on these principles.
receive 4-5 key questions to guide your thinking for inevitable discipline situations.

So whether you are a dad (or mom!) who’s raising toddlers, tweens, or teens these deep and heartfelt principles can help change the trajectory of your family for generations to come. We invite you to listen to the rest of this podcast series and be encouraged to lead your family with grace!

Like what you hear? Be sure to subscribe to Connected Families podcasts so you don't miss a single episode!
Our Discipline That Connects with Your Child’s Heart online course registration is now open! In this 8-session course, beginning the week of Feb 4, we thoroughly expand on our framework and make it applicable to all families. Join us! Your kids will thank you!

Jan 07 2020

23mins

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Rank #6: Family Gatherings

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You’ve just had Thanksgiving and might still be recovering from the overt or passive-aggressive comments from extended family about your kids’ behavior and your parenting choices. Family gatherings can be HARD...especially if we sense that external pressure is shifting our parenting style to avoid criticism. 

On this podcast Jim and Lynne Jackson tackle this tough and timely issue. In today’s episode you’ll learn:

How to graciously talk to your parents (or other family members) about your parenting goals.
How to stay consistent and confident in your own parenting.
How to prep your kids for success at family gatherings.

Listen in and be encouraged. You’ll be ready for any extended family gatherings (birthday parties, Christmas, Easter, reunions, etc.) as you make a commitment to stay consistent and confident in your own parenting.

Want to dig deeper? Check out these helpful family gathering resources: 

Read “3 Steps For Success in Holiday Chaos”.
Read “What To Do When Relatives Criticize Your Parenting”.
Read “Family Gatherings: Who’s In Charge” .
If you have a child who struggles with sensory sensitivities, share “Viewing Your Child Through a Different Lens” with your family.
Buy our Framework Magnet ($2!) to have handy as you explain your parenting goals.
Encourage your parents, grandparents, or interested relatives to download and read, “4 Messages Every Child Longs to Hear.”

Like what you hear? Be sure to subscribe to Connected Families podcasts so you don't miss a single episode!
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Dec 04 2019

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Rank #7: Discipline That Connects with Your Child’s Heart

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In this podcast, Jim Jackson interviews Stacy Bellward, online course moderator, in a fun and heartfelt conversation. (Find out what even got Jim a little teary!)  You’ll get the real scoop on the Discipline That Connects with Your Child’s Heart online course, so you can know whether or not it’s a fit for you and your family.

In this 15-minute podcast we explore:

the history behind the Discipline That Connects with Your Child’s Heart online course.
how Stacy went from being a student (2014), to moderating (2015), to project managing and producing the updated version (2018).
what impact the DTC online course has had on families just like yours.
what is included in the registration fee and what some of the key takeaways are from the course.
One mom shared a realization as she began to walk in God’s grace for her parenting: “If I’m not defined by my past behavior then my kids aren’t either!” As God’s grace invades our messes, we learn that it’s who we are in Christ that defines us and empowers us to parent differently. 

Don’t miss your opportunity to experience this life-changing course with hundreds of others from around the world!

To learn more

Read through our Frequently Asked Questions about this online course.  
Register for our Discipline That Connects With Your Child’s Heart (https://connectedfamilies.org/dtc/online-course/) online course. 

Like what you hear? Be sure to subscribe to Connected Families podcasts so you don't miss a single episode!

Sep 25 2019

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Rank #8: Teaching Kids to Be Responsible for Their Actions

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Today, Stacy Bellward interviews Jim and Lynne Jackson as they dive deep into ways to correct kids’ misbehavior with the message, “You are RESPONSIBLE for your actions”.

Misbehavior is like the tip of the iceberg. If we make misbehavior our primary focus we miss guiding our children toward lasting change and growth. During this episode, all four parts of the Connected Families Framework are brought together. 

“You are SAFE with me.”  What’s going on with me?  Can I exchange my inner angst for God’s grace and truth so my child feels safe? 
“You are LOVED no matter what.” Express unconditional love, which often brings a child to repentance. 
“You are CALLED & CAPABLE.” Coach my child toward wiser choices and better use of their gifts; solve the problem together. 
You are RESPONSIBLE for your actions.” Hold a child accountable to make right what they’ve made wrong. 
In this episode we talk through:

teaching your kids what it means to make right what they’ve made wrong.
the story of a young boy who hits his sibling and reconciles well.
how parents might respond when a teen misses the bus. 

 Want to learn more?

Download our eBook Four Messages Every Child Longs To Hear
Read this article about cultivating respect in your child.
Register for our Discipline That Connects With Your Child’s Heart online course. It is offered each year in the spring and fall.
Like what you hear? Be sure to subscribe to Connected Families podcasts so you don't miss a single episode!

Sep 18 2019

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Rank #9: The God-Given Gifts in Your Child’s Misbehavior

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Stacy Bellward is joined by Jim and Lynne Jackson to talk about the third part of the Connected Families framework: You are CALLED and CAPABLE! They spend much of their time focusing on the idea of finding the gifts in your child’s misbehavior. 

Listen to this podcast as we discuss the following:

The mind-bending idea of gifts-gone-awry.
Why it is difficult for parents to embrace this challenging concept.
A biblical example of when Jesus sees a gift-gone-awry.
The importance of not suppressing kids gifts.

We also hear from Jessica, an alum from the Discipline that Connects With Your Child’s Heart online course. She shares a practical example of looking for the gift-gone-awry in a tough situation with her son. Before taking the course, in various ways she had communicated the message to her son, “You are a problem!” Now her relationship with him is being transformed as she is learning to view him as someone gifted for God’s purposes!
Want to learn more?

Download our eBook Four Messages Every Child Longs to Hear.
No time to listen right now? Check out this article to learn more about finding the "gifts-gone-awry" in your child's struggles.
Register for our Discipline That Connects With Your Child’s Heart online course.  (https://connectedfamilies.org/dtc/online-course

Like what you hear? Be sure to subscribe to Connected Families podcasts so you don't miss a single episode!

Sep 11 2019

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Rank #10: Communicating Love in the Midst of Misbehavior

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Stacy Bellward is joined by Jim and Lynne Jackson to talk about a message that is essential for discipline situations: You are LOVED no matter what! 

Why is this necessary? Don’t kids already know they are loved?

During the frustration of misbehavior, kids can easily internalize a perception that their parents don’t like them. If we don’t intentionally communicate the message “You are LOVED no matter what” during challenges, kids will only become more discouraged. And if they believe they have to perform well to be loved, that can weave insecurity into the very fabric of their lives.
In this podcast we discuss in-depth what it looks like to practically bring “love-no-matter-what” into daily discipline challenges. We explore the questions:  

What can we do to prevent performance-based insecurity? 

Start with a heart to sincerely connect with your child, not to manipulate them. Then offer the same kind of connection that is natural in your relationship in non-conflict situations - like touch, humor, or verbal affection.

Doesn’t this let kids off the hook when they misbehave? 

It actually helps keep them on the hook. Communicating love in the midst of misbehavior earns parents the respect needed to guide children to make right what they’ve made wrong. (See Romans 2:4) 

What does “love-no-matter-what” look like in real life?

In today's podcast, Nichole, an adoptive mom with six kids, shares her story with strategies for connecting during misbehavior and the impact it’s had in her family.

Want to learn more?

Download the free Romans 8:38,39 adaption mentioned in the podcast. 
Register for our Discipline That Connects With Your Child’s Heart online course (https://connectedfamilies.org/dtc/online-course).
Download our eBook Four Messages Every Child Longs to Hear.

Like what you hear? Be sure to subscribe to Connected Families podcasts so you don't miss a single episode!

Sep 04 2019

28mins

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