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Parent with confidence. Lead with grace.

    Want to Connect With Your Teenager? | Ep. 174

    Want to Connect With Your Teenager? | Ep. 174

    How can you continue to connect and maintain a relationship with your kids as they get older? You CAN connect with your teenager. If you’ve got teens, or will have them someday, listen to us chat with Rachel and Josh Keller about connecting to your teens.















    In this podcast episode, Connected Families Certified Parent Coaches Josh and Rachel (MA, LPCC) Keller share their wealth of experience with teens and offer guidance on nurturing relationships with older kids. They discuss three key ways to rally around your teens: remember, listen, and “yift” (being flexible and adaptable to meet teens where they are emotionally, even if it means letting go of your own agenda).







    Together, Josh and Rachel explore teen brain development as well as the importance of active listening. Understanding these things will help parents respond with more patience and less shame. They encourage parents to practice being “unphased listeners” by preparing for potentially shocking statements from their teens. Throughout the conversation, Josh and Rachel offer practical insights, examples, and encouragement to parents, reminding them that they are not alone in the challenges of parenting teens.







    Mentioned in this podcast:









    * Connected Families resources in Spanish







    * Certified Parent Coaches from around the globe!







    * Slow, low, listen tool







    * NEW! Connected Families Quick Guide for Parenting Cards







    * Power of Questions online course









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    Become the Self-Aware Parent You Want to Be

    Become the Self-Aware Parent You Want to Be

    Listen in as Chad Hayenga, Jim Jackson, and Alan Thetford talk about being safe for their kids.















    Today’s podcast is extra-special! We have three dads who unpack the importance of being an emotionally safe parent, particularly focusing on the role of fathers. Our guest host, Chad Hayenga (Director of Education and Equipping), is joined by Jim Jackson (Connected Families Co-Founder) and Alan Thetford (Certified Connected Families Parent Coach and Parent Coach Instructor), who share their personal experience and discuss the biblical foundations of emotional safety. Through their insight, we know you’ll be encouraged to grow safety and connection through everyday interactions in your home.







    Mentioned in this podcast:









    * New! Connected Families Quick Guide for Parenting







    * Calming Strategies for Parents PDF







    * 50 Calming Activities for Kids







    * You Are Safe with Me Covenant PDF







    * 1 Thessalonians 2







    * Philippians 4







    * James 1:19-20







    * Matthew 12:34









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    Guest Bio:







    Jim Jackson and his wife Lynne co-founded Connected Families in 2002 after becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the parenting resources available to young parents. In addition to raising his own three (now adult) children, Jim has experience working with high-risk teens, parent coaching, and leading parenting workshops.







    Alan Thetford and his wife Corrie have four children and are Connected Families Certified Parent Coaches as well as instructors for CF coaches-in-training. They are passionate about multiplying the gospel by helping families transform power struggles and conflicts into opportunities for gospel messages. You can learn more about them on the podcast they host, “Building Wise Families.”Website http://www.buildingwisefamilies.com/CFCoachingPodcast https://buildingwisefamilies.com/podcast/















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    Max Lucado: Just In Case You Ever Feel Alone

    Max Lucado: Just In Case You Ever Feel Alone

    Join us for a heartfelt conversation with Max Lucado about loneliness and his new children’s book, Just in Case You Ever Feel Alone.















    Feelings of isolation and loneliness are increasingly common, and the need for meaningful connection and reassurance is becoming more pressing than ever. In our recent conversation with pastor and author Max Lucado, we shared that 61% of Americans and an overwhelming 80% of those under 18 report experiences of loneliness. This growing epidemic of feeling isolated not only affects our mental health but also touches our spiritual well-being.







    In the midst of this reality, in his gentle style, Max offers insights into the nature of loneliness and asks us to consider it from a spiritual perspective. He emphasizes the value of equipping young children with the vocabulary to express this complex emotion. His latest children’s book, Just in Case You Ever Feel Alone, helps children better understand that loneliness is a shared human experience.







    Pastor Max encourages people experiencing loneliness to pray using scripture, and he highlights the promises of Hebrews 13:5, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you,” and Matthew 28:20, “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” These biblical assurances are not just words but anchors for the soul that offer stability and hope.







    To wrap up the conversation, Pastor Max read a passage from his book for our listeners. Through the tender narrative, his words aim to reassure young readers of the comforting presence of their parents and caregivers, as well as God, who is always with them. His words serve as a gentle reminder that no matter how isolated we may feel, we are all continually held in God’s care.







    Mentioned in this podcast:









    * Enter to win Max’s new book and a stuffed bear







    * Bridge the Gap! Support the work of Connected Families to equip parents today.







    * Just in Case You Ever Feel Alone by Max Lucado







    * Matthew 28:20







    * Hebrews 13:5







    * “Must-Know Loneliness Statistics”







    * “Loneliness Matters: A Theoretical and Empirical Review of Consequences and Mechanisms“









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    Guest Bio:







    Max Lucado is known for combining poetic storytelling and homespun humor withthe heart of a pastor.

    Holy Week Activities to Nurture Faith in Kids of All Ages

    Holy Week Activities to Nurture Faith in Kids of All Ages

    In this episode, Stacy Bellward (podcast host) and Katie Wetsell (Connected Families Certified Parent Coach) offer insights on how to engage children in the Easter story, emphasizing the Resurrection’s significance through traditions and conversation. They provide age-appropriate scripts for explaining Jesus’ sacrifice and suggest inclusive activities like the Resurrection Sunday Rock Hunt to make the concepts of sin and redemption tangible for kids. The key message is that Easter traditions, when intertwined with faith, can deepen everyone’s understanding and foster a sense of community and belonging.















    Mentioned in this podcast:









    * Resurrection Sunday Rock Hunt Guide – Free, downloadable PDF provides a step-by-step guide to a meaningful family activity that helps children understand the significance of Easter.







    * John 14:1-3







    * Romans 3:23









    Previous episodes featuring Certified Connected Families Parent Coach, Katie Wetsell









    * Ep 165 | Tame Your Temper: Calming Strategies for Parents







    * Ep 99 | How Can I Identify Anxiety in My Child?







    * Ep 124 | Empowering Your Differently Wired Child









    Check out our website for more resources to support your parenting.







    Bridge the Gap! Donate to Connected Families by March 31st to make a meaningful impact for families in the coming year!







    Guest Bio:







    Katie Wetsell is the Connected Families online course moderator. She is also a Connected Families Certified Parent Coach, pediatric nurse, and mom of four through birth and adoption. She is passionate about encouraging and empowering parents to love their families with confidence and connection. Building on her bedside experience, she has also been trained in SPACE treatment (Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions) to help parents support their children in overcoming anxiety. Her website is www.parentwithhope.org, and you can find her on social media @parentwithhopecoach.







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    • 33 min
    Bonus: Supporting Grieving Families in Your Community

    Bonus: Supporting Grieving Families in Your Community

    Join us for this special bonus episode where Stacy invites community members and ministry leaders to explore the delicate and important topic of supporting children and families in times of grief. Stacy is joined by Cindy Wilson, Connected Families Partnership Program Manager, and Stacey Rodenbeck, who shares her personal experience with grief. Together, they offer practical advice and compassionate insights to help ministry leaders (and everyone else) approach these difficult situations with confidence and care.















    Mentioned in this podcast:









    * Ep 169 | How to Navigate Grief in Children







    * Partnership Program – Sign up for a Discovery Session to find out more!







    * My Child’s Loved One Died; What Should I Do Now?









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    Bridge the Gap! Donate to Connected Families by March 31st to make a meaningful impact for families in the coming year!







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    Guest Bio:







    Cindy Wilson, PhD., CFLE, is a Certified Connected Families Parent Coach and a Certified Family Life Educator with 20+ years in ministry and academia. She helps churches and other organizations integrate the Connected Families Framework into their communities. Cindy lives in Florida with her husband of 31 years. They have three adult children, one son-in-law, one grandson, and a farm full of animals. Cindy’s specialties include leading parenting workshops on the Connected Families Framework and other topics, training children’s ministry volunteers, helping churches integrate trauma-informed practices into their ministries, and organizing church-based foster care ministries. You can find out more at http://www.familylifesolutions.org.







    Stacey Rodenbeck is the widowed mother of Susan (almost 5) and Chris (3.5). The Rodenbecks live in Central Arkansas, where Stacey is employed as an Associate Professor of Biology at Harding University. Since the death of her husband in 2020, Stacey has focused on developing a robust relationship with her children that positions the three of them to operate as a team. They enjoy cooking and baking together as a family, reading aloud, and hiking, and they have recently delved into playing board games together. (Candyland is the family favorite right now!) Stacey is thankful to God for the new mercies of each new morning as she seeks to guide her children and fully embrace the people God created them to be.















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    Learn more about the Framework







    Want to dig deeper into Connected Families’ Parenting Framework? Get our FREE ebook, 4 Messages Every Child Longs to Hear.

    • 33 min
    How to Navigate Grief in Children

    How to Navigate Grief in Children

    Children experience grief in all different forms. If you’re walking through grief with your kids, tune in to this grace-filled chat with our guest, Stacey Rodenbeck. Stacey, a widowed mother of two young children, shares her personal experience of grief and how she has used the Connected Families Framework to navigate parenting while grieving. The conversation covers the unique circumstances of parenting grieving children, the importance of safety and connection, and the role of coaching and accountability in parenting. Stacey’s story and insights provide valuable guidance for parents who are navigating grief while raising their children.















    Mentioned in this podcast:









    * Isaiah 43:1-3







    * Blog post: My Child’s Loved One Died; What Do I Do Now?







    * Transform Bedtime Struggles Into Nighttime Snuggles ebook









    Was this conversation helpful to you? Share it with a friend, and rate and review the show on your favorite listening platform!







    Check out our website for more resources to support your parenting.







    Bridge the Gap! Donate to Connected Families by March 31st to make a meaningful impact for families in the coming year!







    Guest Bio:







    Stacey Rodenbeck is the widowed mother of Susan (almost 5) and Chris (3.5). The Rodenbecks live in Central Arkansas, where Stacey is employed as an Associate Professor of Biology at Harding University. Since the death of her husband in 2020, Stacey has focused on developing a robust relationship with her children that positions the three of them to operate as a team. They enjoy cooking and baking together as a family, reading aloud, and hiking, and they have recently delved into playing board games together. (Candyland is the family favorite right now!) Stacey is thankful to God for the new mercies of each new morning as she seeks to guide her children and fully embrace the people God created them to be.















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Customer Reviews

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369 Ratings

369 Ratings

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Help that was NEEDED

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Love this content

I come to Connected Families podcasts over and over again - have found every message to have at least one thing to take away or consider as I navigate the challenges of parenting and other relationships. Love the scripture based content and am so grateful to have found this ministry!

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