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.
Grace and Truth for Moms
Does the stress and struggle of parenting leave you feeling unworthy or incapable of being the mom you long to be? Do these statements sound familiar? “I’m a failure as a mom and I have ruined my kids!” “I’m an angry parent with an angry child!” Perhaps it feels like you are parenting from a place of discouragement and anxiety. We want you to know that God’s grace runs deep for you, and you are not alone. You can find grace and truth for yourself as a mom.
In today’s episode, you will learn how to work through the feelings of doubt and discouragement that many moms experience. In this rebroadcast from 2020, Lynne Jackson (co-founder of Connected Families) joins Heather MacFadyen on her podcast, Don’t Mom Alone. Heather interviews Lynne about the importance of recognizing toxic lies you may believe (about yourself and your kids) and how to replace those lies with God’s grace and truth.
You’ll learn to process your difficult feelings and beliefs in a way that helps you to be a vessel of grace and truth for yourself--and for your kids.
Discover in today’s podcast:
* how extreme thinking, perfectionism, and catastrophizing can keep you stuck in a negative parenting cycle* practical ways to work through negative emotions and experience God’s healing and peace * the importance of having support from other moms who can listen and encourage you* encouragement that can help you persevere in living out God’s grace and truth for you and your kids
About Heather MacFadyen:
Married and a mom to four sons, Heather struggled with the challenges of raising four young boys. She isolated herself from community, fearing embarrassment, rejection, and failure. Slowly she began to reach out to friends again. Through prayer with friends, God healed wrong identities Heather held onto. She started a podcast called “God-Centered Mom” (now Don’t Mom Alone), a show that has been downloaded over 7 million times.
Bible verses mentioned in this podcast:
* Matthew 12:34* Ephesians 4:15* Ephesians 6:4* Psalm 139:14* 2 Corinthians 10:5
Resources from this podcast to encourage you:
* You Are a Daughter of the King speech (design courtesy of Don’t Mom Alone)* Trash, Truth, Treasure: Helping Kids Turn Anger into Wisdom* Grace and Truth for Moms Online Course* Journal page from the mom Lynne mentioned:
Do you feel stuck in negative patterns? Are you isolated? Are you anxious about your kids' successes or failures?
Teach Your Child to Pray
Do you struggle teaching your child how to pray? How do you instill something deeper when your child just wants to pray for a new xbox? Like many parents, you likely desire to see your kids engage in a meaningful prayer life. That can be hard! Sometimes kids get just bored when we pray! Or find it difficult to get past a surface-level prayer. The good news: There are many practical and effective ways to model and encourage your kids to grow in more heartfelt and personal prayer.
My Child Won't Talk to Me
Frequently parents focus on conversation skills when there is conflict. But what about in the normal day-to-day interactions? Do you feel like it is more difficult than it needs to be to have a “normal” conversation with your child? Do you feel like you spend a lot of time telling your child what to do instead of asking the right questions?
Your Child is Melting Down in Public
You’re in the grocery store. Or the park. Or at a family gathering. And you sense a major meltdown coming. It’s so embarrassing when your child has a meltdown in public - especially when you know other people are watching!
Join Jim and Lynne Jackson, co-founders of Connected Families, as they offer practical and down-to-earth solutions to this real-life struggle. This podcast addresses some common questions we frequently hear, such as:
* “What should I do when my child is having a meltdown in public?”* “Is there a time and place for immediate obedience, and what does that look like?”* “How can I better connect with my child in a discipline situation?”
Along with these helpful insights, you’ll gain a crucial “big picture” perspective of your (and your child’s) identity as God’s beloved children. Not perfect parents with well-behaved kids, but imperfect parents and kids learning together in the love and grace of Jesus.
Bible references mentioned in this podcast:
The Parable of the Two Sons (Matthew 21:28-32)Jesus’ Warnings to the Pharisees (Matthew 23:25-36)
Want to learn more about how to help your child when they meltdown in public?
Connected Families FrameworkDiscipline that Connects with Your Child’s Heart (book)FREE Resources to Strengthen Connection with Your Child
Download our FREE in-depth ebook Helping Kids With Anger. It will provide thoughtful insights and creative ideas to help your struggling child.
My Child Quits Everything
In today’s episode we dig into the second part of our series on raising overcomers! Stacy Bellward (podcast host) and Jim and Lynne Jackson (co-founders of Connected Families) talk about how to help kids develop resilience and, in the process, uncover the unique purpose God has for them. If you feel like your child quits everything too soon then this is the podcast for you.
Does your child get stuck in defeat? Or have trouble moving forward when things feel too hard? These can be beautiful opportunities to see the gifts beneath their struggling behavior. You can encourage and strengthen your child to do hard things while communicating to them, “I'm with you in this, we're going to do it together.”
This podcast explores:
* Two key ingredients you need to help you and your kids work through challenges* How to model resilience with peace and connection when you feel like your child quits everything* The gift-gone-awry underneath your child’s struggle with resilience* How to create an environment that can provide the foundation to teach kids resilience* A mother’s story of how she helped her son tackle a frustrating situation
Resiliency resources mentioned in this podcast:
The Foundations of the Resiliency Framework by Bonnie Benard
Want to learn more?
12 Misbehaviors and the Gifts-Gone-Awry Behind Them: Seeing Strengths even in Struggles
Connecting to your child through our Connected Families Framework
To learn more, register for our online course The Entitlement Fix: Growing Hard Work and Gratitude In Your Kids!
This fast-paced 4-session course is designed to give parents a solid strategy for stamping out entitled attitudes, and moving toward greater meaning in life.
You’ll learn to take your kids through a simple process for helping your family have constructive conversations about rights, responsibilities, and privileges in your home. You’ll learn graceful responses for the inevitable conflict that emerges when parents confront selfishness. Most importantly, you’ll learn a perspective that grounds all your efforts in eternal truths from the Bible.
How to Raise Overcomers
In this raw and candid episode, Stacy Bellward (podcast host) is joined by Jim and Lynne Jackson (co-founders of Connected Families) to discuss both the challenges and the beauty of raising overcomers.
Practical and game changing
The information received from these podcasts and the courses offered by Connected Families is so practical but it also a parenting game changer. A must listen for parents!
The Best Parenting Resource
Connected Families is my number one resource for parenting. My husband and I have grown so much from this ministry and all of the resources they provide. The book, online classes, one on one coaching and this podcast have given us the tools we need to parent with love, grace and consistency. Having the framework to filter every situation through has been an absolute game changer. Not only has it helped us get on the same page with parenting but it has equipped us to disciple our three boys and encourage them in their character and faith. We are a closer family because of Jim and Lynn. This podcast is such a helpful way to continue on our path and gives us the reminders and nudges we need to thrive in parenting through the teen years. We are so very grateful for connected families!
Been so thankful for Connected Families and their ministry recently! Their years of wisdom, experience and helpful tips are such a great resource!