Connected Families Podcast

Connected Families Podcast

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Connected Families is committed to bringing you content that will challenge, encourage, and equip you to be the thoughtful and confident parent you long to be.


How to Put Screens Back in Their Place
May 28 • 25 min
You want to be intentional about screen time with your kids, but you’ve got an uphill battle! The pandemic isn’t making it any easier either. If you’re struggling with how to be intentional about screens, especially when your kids require them more than…
What To Do When Kids Interrupt Important Conference Calls
May 19 • 7 min
Working at home can be challenging! And exasperating. In this difficult season where many parents are juggling kids and working from home, our “new normal” is anything but normal. Parents are asking, “How do I stop kids interrupting conference calls?”…
Is Your Child Refusing to Do Schoolwork?
May 13 • 8 min
Is your child refusing to do schoolwork? What can you do? Many parents are feeling the pressure of “crisis schooling,” and children are struggling to find motivation for their schoolwork. Though doing school at home may have initially been appealing, the…
Help Your Struggling Child Grieve His Pre-Coronavirus Life
May 6 • 8 min
Like many of us, your child might be grieving his pre-coronavirus life. This challenging time can bring strong emotions to the surface in our kids (and in us as parents). These emotions can be signs of a child’s underlying grief. And difficulty in…
How to Create a Simple Sensory Diet for Restless, Homebound Kids
Apr 28 • 6 min
Are you “walking on eggshells” with restless, homebound kids? Do your kids have a case of “Grumpy Child Syndrome”? Your family may need an extra dose of a healthy sensory diet. What is a sensory diet? Why is it important? And how can you incorporate it in…
What You Misunderstand About Your Misbehaving Child
Apr 21 • 9 min
If you’ve got a child that seems to be misbehaving more than usual, you’re not alone. These are trying times. If your child seems to be acting out all of a sudden, you might have a Stressed, Anxious, or Discouraged (SAD) child. You can be a person of…
Am I a Bad Parent?
Apr 14 • 8 min
You are not a bad parent. During the pandemic, start learning how to stop parenting out of guilt or anxiety. This content is also available in an audio version. When we’re in crisis, the voices built most deeply in us come out. Sometimes that can be…
“God is Always Up to Something!”
Apr 8 • 8 min
NOTE: This content is available as a video, a blog post (below), or a 7-minute podcast. We trust this will serve every situation and learning style well. Here at Connected Families we realize this is a tough time for many in our community and in the world…
Guiding Kids to Right Their Wrongs
Apr 1 • 23 min
When your kids misbehave, and you need to discipline them, have you considered what they are learning? Are they learning to submit to angry power? Or, perhaps, are they learning how to get better at hiding their misbehavior and sin? Guiding kids to right…
Mentoring Our Kids in Skills, Wisdom and Faith
Mar 25 • 22 min
What skills would you like your kids to have when they go out into the world? Should you drop what you’re doing to bring them something they forgot? How can you prepare your kids for conflicts they will certainly encounter in their relationships, family,…
Connecting With Your Kids…Especially When They Struggle
Mar 18 • 23 min
You may have heard, “Move TOWARD the struggling child.” This phrase might seem counter-intuitive. Often, when our child is struggling, the last thing we want to do is connect with them. When we show love unconditionally, especially when our kids…
Walking in Peace and Joy with Your Kids
Mar 11 • 23 min
We all want a peaceful home where kids feel safe. But sometimes safety is hard to attain, especially when life is stressful. How do we respond during hard parenting moments? How can we do better at walking in peace and joy with our kids? In this podcast…
Find Your Parenting Balance
Mar 4 • 22 min
How do you define yourself as a parent? Do you feel stuck in your parenting and want to explore a new way? In this podcast Jim and Lynne Jackson, co-founders of Connected Families, are excited to introduce you to a structured framework for parenting that…
Families on Purpose
Feb 5 • 23 min
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…
Your kids? They’re watching. ALL the time.
Jan 29 • 23 min
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…
Honoring Our Imperfect Dads
Jan 22 • 24 min
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.…
When Doing My Best Isn’t Good Enough
Jan 14 • 21 min
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…
Leading Down a Grace-Filled Path
Jan 7 • 23 min
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…
Family Gatherings
Dec 4, 2019 • 22 min
You’ve just had a family event 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…
Discipline That Connects with Your Child’s Heart
Sep 25, 2019 • 16 min
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…
Teaching Kids to Be Responsible for Their Actions
Sep 18, 2019 • 18 min
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…
The God-Given Gifts in Your Child’s Misbehavior
Sep 11, 2019 • 24 min
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…
Communicating Love in the Midst of Misbehavior
Sep 4, 2019 • 28 min
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…
What does it mean to be an emotionally safe parent?
Aug 28, 2019 • 19 min
Being an emotionally safe parent is not about being soft or lenient. It’s also not suppressing our anxiety and frustration and trying to look calm when we discipline our kids. If we engage with a heart attitude of “What is wrong with you?!” our kids won’t…
My Child Will Not Get Ready for School On Time
Aug 21, 2019 • 23 min
We’re in back-to-school season, bringing all the joy and anxiety that comes with it. One question we hear when we talk with parents is, “What do I do when my child won’t get ready for school on time?” This week Stacy Bellward and Jim Jackson interview…
My Child Hits Me
Aug 14, 2019 • 21 min
Your child is escalating quickly and you have a pretty good idea where this is headed. You know the scenario…the anger turns to screaming, which then becomes a full-blown tantrum. Pretty soon your child hits YOU. In today’s episode Stacy Bellward and Jim…
My Tween Wants to Quit Music Lessons
Aug 6, 2019 • 22 min
“I don’t WANT to practice my trumpet.” “My piano teacher is mean!” “I don’t have time to practice with all this homework. I want to quit!” Sound familiar? In today’s podcast, Stacy Bellward and Jim Jackson interview Chad Hayenga, LMFT and parent coach to…
My Child Lies to Me
Jul 31, 2019 • 18 min
Your child has just told you something you are pretty sure is not truthful. What should you do? Do you call them out on it? Should there a serious consequence? In today’s podcast episode Stacy Bellward and Jim Jackson interview Chad Hayenga, LMFT, and…
My Child Says, “I Hate You!”
Jul 24, 2019 • 18 min
Words are powerful. We can so easily take it personally when we hear hurtful words from our children like, “I HATE YOU!” But instead of reacting in frustration and anger, we encourage you to look below the surface. There may be deep reasons why the child…
My Kids Won’t Do Their Chores Without My Nagging
Jul 17, 2019 • 22 min
Have you ever wondered, “My child can’t manage to even take the garbage out. How will she ever survive in adulthood?” Or, maybe it sounds more like, “I do so much for these kids. Why can’t they do a few simple things to help out?!” Today’s episode is…