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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. Several times a year we take a break from our weekly articles to bring you themed series through podcasts.

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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. Several times a year we take a break from our weekly articles to bring you themed series through podcasts.

    How to Take Advantage of Sibling Rivalry to Explain Emotions and Feelings to a Child

    How to Take Advantage of Sibling Rivalry to Explain Emotions and Feelings to a Child

    Few things can be more frustrating as a parent than trying to mediate sibling rivalry. You want your kids to be friends but instead they are fighting, badgering, and teasing each other. It feels like you are getting nowhere!  You think, “How do I stop him from hitting others?” or “Why can’t my kids just get along?!” But what if we could use sibling conflict as an opportunity to explain emotions and feelings to a child?







    You know what the cool thing is? Sibling rivalry is the perfect opportunity for teaching emotional awareness and explaining about feelings and emotions to a child. If you’re looking for an emotional intelligence activity, look no further. Just wait for the next time your kids start arguing—probably some time in the next nine minutes.







    An opportunity to explain emotions and feelings to a child







    When kids fight with siblings or playmates, their selfish tendencies can get the best of them. But there is real hope: When you as a parent express empathy, you can unlock your child’s big emotions. You can also teach your kids to have empathy for each other. How? By explaining to your child about feelings and emotions, and giving them the language and skills to identify those feelings in themselves and each other.







    Today’s episode is the second part in a series about The Power of Empathy. Join Stacy Bellward (podcast host) and Lynne Jackson (co-founder of Connected Families) as they discuss this super common challenge. You’ll learn solid steps and practical strategies to help you walk your kids through conflict in a way that strengthens their relationship. You can help your kids learn to value each other and to feel a lasting connection.







    This podcast is full of insight, ideas, and brain-science as we talk about feelings and emotions and how we explain these to a child. Listen to the podcast to learn:







    * How to apply empathy to sibling conflict* How to help kids connect physical sensations with emotions* Creative ways to teach emotional intelligence in a fun non-shaming way* The need to understand ourselves before we can understand or have empathy for others and how that relates to teaching our children about feelings and empathy







    Emotional intelligence resources mentioned in this podcast:







    * Part 1 of our Empathy Series: The Power of Empathy: How to Teach Your Child to "Feel Another's Feelings" * Blog article: Can True Empathy Really Be Taught to Kids?* Dr. Dan Siegel: Name It to Tame It* Emotions chart* The “just right challenge”* Connected Families "Anger e-book" (FREE!)







    Want to learn more?







    Check out our Connected Families Framework















    In our Sibling Conflict online course we teach parents how to teach their kids the four steps of a href="https://connectedfamilies.

    • 31 min.
    The Power of Empathy: How to Teach Your Child to “Feel Another’s Feelings”

    The Power of Empathy: How to Teach Your Child to “Feel Another’s Feelings”

    “How do you think that makes your sister feel?” or “You can’t do that to him!” Sound familiar? As a parent you likely want your child to be known as kind, generous, sensitive, and empathetic. These expectations can cause stress and anxiety if we see our child behaving in a way that lacks the power of empathy. 







    Empathy is a natural skill we are born with, right? Nope. What is natural for kids? To be selfish, egocentric, and not think about the feelings of others. So you might be wondering, "Can empathy be taught to kids?" Absolutely. 







    Today, Stacy Bellward (podcast host) talks with Jim and Lynne Jackson (co-founders of Connected Families). Together they offer hopeful solutions and practical insights that can graciously guide you and your child toward empathy, using our Connected Families Framework for parenting. It may be a longer journey for some kids than others, but you’ll be equipped with the tools to start them in the right direction!







    In todays episode, you’ll learn:







    * Practical ways to nurture brain pathways that help develop empathy* How to engage with and teach empathy in sibling conflict* The power of gentle, thoughtful questions to draw out empathy from your child* How Jesus modeled empathy







    Mentioned in this podcast:







    * Hebrews 4:15-16* Video: Brené Brown on Empathy (Kid Friendly!) * Video: Brené Brown on Empathy* Prayer of Saint Francis







    Want to learn more?







    * Can True Empathy Really be Taught to Kids?* 20 Statement that Communicate Empathy to Kids* The Five Powerful Results of Empathy















    In our Sibling Conflict online course we teach parents how to teach their kids the four steps of The Peace Process. Whether you have constant sibling battles in your home or you want to lay a strong foundation of reconciliation, enroll in the course! You’ll be helping your kids build a lifetime of healthy conflict resolution.

    • 26 min.
    Thinking About How to Fix Your Marriage? Try This. | Ep. 52

    Thinking About How to Fix Your Marriage? Try This. | Ep. 52

    Do you ever feel like you want to try and fix your marriage? Or change something about your spouse? The solution to this challenge might surprise you!







    In this podcast, Jim and Lynne Jackson (co-founders of Connected Families) are hosted by their good friend, Ellie Hope Collins, on her podcast Hope Reclaimed. We are passionate about building strong marriages as a vital piece of the parenting puzzle! In honor of Valentine’s Day, we have a special episode for you on emotionally safe marriages.







    “Our marriage is all built on this strange, quirky, messy foundation of grace, of safety, of identity in Christ.” -Jim Jackson







    Listen in as Jim, Lynne, and Ellie have a candid, thought-provoking conversation about building a strong foundation of honesty and communication in marriage. Jim and Lynne share how they have successfully applied parts of the Connected Families Framework to their own marriage. This podcast is full of marriage and communication tips you can use today! We trust you will finish feeling encouraged and equipped.







    In today’s episode, learn more about:







    * how to embrace your spouse’s quirks without letting them drive you crazy!* building a solid foundation of safety by asking, “What's going on in me?” * getting back to connection after conflict.* avoiding the “shame-blame” cycle.* the sacred role of God’s grace and mercy while working through marriage struggles. 







    Mentioned in this podcast:







    Matthew 5:23, 24







    Matthew 18







    Want to learn more?







    Fighting for Love--Even When it’s Hard







    What Could Have Ruined Our Marriage







    How to Parent Together When You’re Total Opposites







    Host bio:







    Giving support to men and women healing from divorce, trauma and betrayal, Ellie Hope Collins is the founder of the ministry Hope Reclaimed. Through podcasts, live and virtual events, and the Healing From Divorce Online Course, she has helped thousands of men and women recognize that healing is available. Ellie hails from St. Paul, Minnesota where she lives with her husband, Austin. 







    *This podcast originally aired in July of 2019















    Take 10 to 15 minutes to find out your strengths and challenges with our free parenting assessment.

    • 38 min.
    Got a Strong-Willed Child? So Did This Mom. | Ep. 51

    Got a Strong-Willed Child? So Did This Mom. | Ep. 51

    Your strong-willed child is refusing to choose. You are offering two choices, just like you've learned. "Give your child some choices," they said. "It will help them feel some control," they said. But your child just stamps their foot and refuses to choose.







    You asked. We answered! Everyday we receive pressing questions about a wide range of parenting topics. We consider it a privilege to walk this journey with those who are experiencing some of the most challenging aspects of discipline and parent-child connection. And we love to answer listener questions!















    During the Discipline That Connects with Your Child’s Heart online course, parents ask questions in a moderated format. We wanted to bring some of these questions (and their answers!)  to you, our podcast community!







    Stacy Bellward (moderator for our Discipline That Connects online course)  is joined by Jim and Lynne Jackson, co-founders of Connected Families. Jim and Lynne answer some of the most frequently asked listener questions we hear in our online courses and beyond. This is the second episode in a two-part series. You’ll definitely want to hear the answers to these questions!







    In this episode we answer the questions:







    * “How do I remain patient with my strong-willed and stubborn child refuses to choose? I feel like I am going to lose it!”* “Both my 15-month-old and 5-year-old are hitting other kids when they don’t get what they want. How should I respond?”* “What are the strengths underneath my child’s misbehavior?”* “How do I help my child learn to make it right?” (Coaching kids to think wisely in discipline situations, or when they’ve hurt someone.)







    It has not been an easy season of parenting. We would love to support you in making the tweaks that will bring lasting change! Join Stacy Bellward and hundreds of other parents from around the world for our upcoming Discipline That Connects online course. This course is offered only twice a year. Join us today! Registration closes on Feb 8th. 







    Mentioned in this podcast:







    * Meet Kara who Lives in Thailand (child struggling with choices mentioned in podcast)* Book: Discipline That Connects With Your Child’s Heart* Philippians 4:6-7* Connected Families Framework for parenting







    Want to learn more?







    * Register for our Discipline That Connects With Your Child’s Heart online course this winter. Registration closes on February 8th! * Download our FREE eBook 4 Messages Every Child Longs to Hear.​* Check out our Connected Families Framework​* To get more insight into today’s topic check out: Connecting with Toddler & Teens During Discipline

    • 34 min.
    Your Child Struggles to Transition. Here’s What to Do. | Episode 50

    Your Child Struggles to Transition. Here’s What to Do. | Episode 50

    You have work to do and need to move on from playing with your child. They don't want you to go. And they whine. They fuss. What can you do when your child struggles to transition?







    You asked. We answered! Everyday we receive pressing questions about a wide range of parenting topics. We consider it a privilege to walk this journey with those who are experiencing some of the most challenging aspects of discipline and parent-child connection. And we love to answer listener questions!







    Stacy Bellward (moderator for our Discipline That Connects with Your Child’s Heart online course)  is joined by Jim and Lynne Jackson, co-founders of Connected Families. Jim and Lynne answer some of the most frequently asked listener questions we hear in our online courses and beyond. This is the first of a two-part series. You’ll definitely want to hear the answers to these questions!







    In short: Your greatest opportunity to show unconditional love to your child is during a discipline situation! 















    In this episode we answer the questions:







    * "How can I best calm myself when my child is struggling?"* "What should I do when my child hits me?"* "How can I make bedtime go more smoothly?"* "My child wants to keep playing with me and I have things I have to do. What are some ways I can help them transition?"







    It has not been an easy season of parenting for many of our listeners, and we would love to support you in making the tweaks that will bring lasting change. Join Stacy Bellward and hundreds of other parents from around the world for our upcoming Discipline That Connects online course. This course is offered only twice a year! (Your kids will thank you!)







    Mentioned in this podcast:







    * The Connected Families Framework for parenting* Romans 5:8* 2 Corinthians 10:5







    Want to learn more?







    * Register for our Discipline That Connects With Your Child’s Heart online course this winter. Course begins on February 2nd!* Download our FREE eBook 4 Messages Every Child Longs to Hear.​* Check out our Connected Families Framework​* To get more insight into today’s topic check out: Safety First: Creating a Culture of Security and Well-Being in Your Home















    Want to learn more about these concepts? Download our one hour recording of a Discipline That Connects workshop.

    • 31 min.
    The God-Given Gifts in Your Child’s Misbehavior | Ep. 49

    The God-Given Gifts in Your Child’s Misbehavior | Ep. 49

    It takes skill to misbehave! A verbal child often argues with you until you’re exhausted. An emotional child might cry or manipulate. A physical child is more likely to get aggressive or grab something they want. Though it feels frustrating and even counter-intuitive, a shift in attention to your child’s strengths by finding their gift-gone-awry can help.







    Stacy Bellward is joined by Jim and Lynne Jackson, co-founders of Connected Families Together they talk about the third part of the Connected Families framework: You are CALLED and CAPABLE! They discuss the transformational idea of finding the gifts beneath your child’s misbehavior. The challenge for parents is to identify the “gift” within the misbehavior; what we call a “Gift-Gone Awry.” 







    In this podcast* Jim and Lynne share:







    * a life-giving vision to reframe your child’s gifts gone awry.* the importance of embracing this challenging vision.* how Jesus saw and encouraged a gift-gone-awry.* practical strategies for identifying, not suppressing, your child’s gifts.







    We also hear from Jessica, an alum from our 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, her approach to discipline unintentionally communicated to her son, “You are a problem!” Now their relationship has been transformed as she is learning to view her son as someone gifted for God’s good purposes!















    Want to learn more?







    * Register for our Discipline That Connects With Your Child’s Heart online course this winter. Course begins on February 2nd!* Download our FREE eBook Four Messages Every Child Longs to Hear.* Check out our Connected Families Framework * Get more insight into today’s topic: 12 Misbehaviors and the Gifts-Gone-Awry Behind Them















    Frustrated by constant discipline challenges? Take 15 minutes to read our free ebook 4 Messages All Children Long to Hear: A Discipline That Connects Overview.















    *This podcast originally aired in September of 2019.

    • 24 min.

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