Connected Families Podcast

Connected Families

Parent with grace. Lead with confidence.

  • 40 minutes 28 seconds
    How Authentic Community Can Equip Parents to Thrive
    authentic community

    In this meaningful conversation, we talk to dads Matt Norman (author and President & CEO of Norman & Associates) and Jim Jackson (Connected Families Co-Founder) about their experiences with authentic, vulnerable community. Matt shares his personal journey of seeking more meaningful connections while balancing the demands of marriage, parenting, and his career. He describes the evolution of his small group, which started as a way to socialize and study but grew into a space for supportive and sensitive sharing. Jim emphasizes the power of asking questions and genuinely seeking to understand others, rather than just offering opinions or advice. Both men reflect on the positive impact their authentic community has had on their personal growth, relationships, and even their children’s development.

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    Guest Bio:

    Matt Norman coaches and advises executives on how to build great people and culture. He is President & CEO of Norman & Associates, which offers custom coaching and consulting in the areas of talent strategy, personal effectiveness, planning, and goal alignment. Norman & Associates is also the largest North American provider of Dale Carnegie learning programs which help people improve how they communicate, lead, influence, and work together. He’s also the award-winning author of Four Patterns of Healthy People, and Lead with Influence: A Proven Process to Lead without Authority. Matt loves being a husband and father of three, enjoying shared activities like skiing, mountain biking, trail running, and music. You can find his articles on personal and organizational effectiveness at http://mattnorman.com.

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    20 May 2024, 3:51 am
  • 37 minutes 36 seconds
    My Co-Parent Sees Things Differently
    co parent sees things differently Ep. 178

    What do you do when you disagree with your partner about how to parent? Perhaps it is even causing a rift in your family. You feel strongly about how to parent your kids but feel stuck on knowing how to encourage your co-parent to see things the way you do. 

    You are not alone! It is a very common struggle for many parents. Whether you are single parenting with an ex-spouse, married, or caring for grandchildren, this can be an emotionally charged topic.

    Tensions over different parenting styles and philosophies can create stress in your relationship with your co-parent and affect your kids, too. You and your partner may both have good intentions, but your parenting ideals and how to implement them might be different.

    In this podcast, we’re going to tackle this challenging topic. Stacy Bellward is joined by Jim and Lynne Jackson (Co-founders of Connected Families) to discuss their experience as parents with very different personalities. You’ll discover how Jim and Lynne navigated their parenting differences, and what kept them connected in the process.

    You can create an atmosphere of safety and connection for your co-parent and your children by using the Connected Families Framework, asking curious questions, focusing on your own heart, and looking for the best in each other. Your family environment can be a place where everyone is safe to learn and grow in grace and empathy for one another.

    In this podcast, you’ll learn:

    • the power of the Connected Families Framework in your relationship with your partner, or co-parent
    • questions you can ask your partner that invite conversation, connection, and openness instead of criticism
    • how to get to a nonjudgmental place where you can see your partner’s underlying strengths as a parent
    • offering grace and avoiding catastrophizing, knowing that God is working on behalf of your kids no matter the situation

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    13 May 2024, 3:46 am
  • 23 minutes 57 seconds
    What Causes You to Micromanage Your Kids?
    micromanaging your kids Ep. 177

    Listen in as we talk with Chad Hayenga (Connected Families Director of Education and Equipping) about parental anxiety and micromanagement, and how these can negatively impact your relationship with your child. Chad and Stacy (podcast host) discuss common scenarios that trigger anxiety in parents and the resulting cycle that can leave the child feeling discouraged and resentful.

    The conversation is filled with practical ideas for moving out of the cycle of anxiety and into new patterns of belief and ways of relating to your child. Whether your child is about to graduate from high school, or just starting to have responsibilities of his own, you’ll find wisdom and encouragement for today in this episode.

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    6 May 2024, 3:26 am
  • 30 minutes 41 seconds
    Make-It-Right Consequences for Kids
    consequences for kids

    Start teaching your kids the first steps toward reconciliation and restoration by using “make it right” consequences in their relationships. Parent coach Amy Nyvall shares personal stories illustrating how she has taught her kids to take responsibility for their actions and restore relationships when they’ve done something wrong. Amy emphasizes the importance of creating space for both parents and children to process emotions and think through how to resolve conflicts. Throughout the conversation, Amy and Stacy discuss the Connected Families Framework and how focusing on restoration rather than punishment helps children develop wisdom and strengthen relationships.

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    Guest Bio:

    Amy and her husband, Andrew, have been married for 16 years and live among the fir trees outside Portland, Oregon. They enjoy outdoor adventures as much as possible and have a blast homeschooling their three intensely creative, adventurous, and active children. In her spare time, you’ll find Amy encouraging moms and homeschoolers, learning alongside the kids, or slipping away to read from a stack of her own books. Amy is passionate about creating a family culture that equips our children to be prepared to serve the Lord in the days ahead. She is a Connected Families Certified Parent Coach and has personal experience and knowledge in the sensitive and intense space. You can connect with her for parent coaching at: [email protected].

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    29 April 2024, 2:38 am
  • Segundo Episodio en Español! Principios para la crianza de una familia conectada, parte 2.
    Luisa Spanish Framework Ep. 2

    ¡Escucha este segundo episodio especial del pódcast de Connected Families! Donde Luisa Wendt entrevista a Esther y Roberto Reich acerca del marco de referencia de Connected Families. Los tres son asesores en la crianza certificados por Connected Families y hablarán acerca de los últimos dos principios del marco de referencia (entrenar y corregir) para poder disciplinar a nuestros hijos de una manera que nos acerca a ellos y hace que nuestros vínculos sean más fuertes sin importar su edad. Escucharán ejemplos prácticos e historias cotidianas con las cuales muchos se podrán relacionar.

    Esta conversación se desarrolla en dos partes. En el primer episodio hablaron acerca de los primeros dos niveles del marco de referencia de Connected Families para una crianza conectada que son: cimiento y conectar. Si no lo has escuchado te invitamos a hacerlo.

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    Acerca de Luisa:

    Luisa Wendt es Asesora de Crianza certificada por Connected Families nació en Bogotá, Colombia y vive en Iowa con su familia. Luisa y su esposo Jarrett tienen seis hijos, tres en el cielo y tres en la tierra. Dos de sus hermosos hijos llegaron a su familia a través de la adopción. Durante un momento muy complejo en la crianza Connected Families los asesoró y continua asesorandolos y guiandolos en el camino de una crianza basada en la gracia de Dios y la confianza y conexión con sus hijos. Jarrett y Luisa tienen un ministerio que se llama Built on Rock Parent Coaching que nació con el gran deseo de compartir esas enseñanzas con tantas familias como sea posible. Para más información acerca de su historia, ministerio y unas lindas fotos de su familia pueden visitar su página de internet: www.builtonrockparentcoaching.org. En este momento toda la información se encuentra en ingles pero si desean contactarlos para más información o asesorías de crianza en español pueden escribirles a [email protected]

    Acerca de Roberto y Esther: 

    Roberto y Esther Reich son Asesores de Crianza Certificados por Connected Families. Esther es enfermera especializada en asesoría de lactancia materna y Roberto es Asociado Médico. Tienen tres hijos y sirven como misioneros con Serge en Guatemala desde 2018. A través de enfrentar retos en la crianza de sus hijos acudieron a Connected Families para recibir coaching/apoyo. El apoyo que recibieron de Chad Hayenga y de Lynne Jackson les ayudó a ver cambios significativos en ellos mismos y en sus hijos. Todavía hay mucho espacio para crecer como familia, pero la diferencia de antes y después de la intervención de Connected Families es significativa. Además de servir con otros ministerios en Guatemala (Centro Esdras, Sigo Vivo y Servant Harts), apoyan a padres e iglesias a través de talleres y coaching/apoyo individual para los que enfrentan retos en su crianza de sus hijos incluyendo los que son muy sensibles o intensos. Sus correos son: Robert: [email protected] y Esther: [email protected]

    Descubre más recursos que te apoyarán en la crianza.

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    27 April 2024, 7:37 am
  • 20 minutes 53 seconds
    Primer Episodio en Español! Principios para la crianza de una familia conectada, parte 1.
    Luisa Spanish Framework Ep. 1

    ¡Escucha este episodio especial del pódcast de Connected Families! Donde Luisa Wendt entrevista a Esther y Roberto Reich acerca del marco de referencia de Connected Families. Los tres son asesores en la crianza certificados por Connected Families y hablarán acerca de los 4 principios (cimiento, conectar, entrenar y corregir) para poder disciplinar a nuestros hijos de una manera que nos acerca a ellos y hace que nuestros vínculos sean más fuertes sin importar su edad.

    Esta conversación se desarrolla en dos partes. En este episodio podrás escuchar la primera parte donde se hablarán de los niveles de cimiento y conexión. Escucharán ejemplos prácticos e historias cotidianas con las cuales muchos se podrán relacionar.

    Temas mencionados en este pódcast:

    Acerca de Luisa:

    Luisa Wendt es Asesora de Crianza certificada por Connected Families nació en Bogotá, Colombia y vive en Iowa con su familia. Luisa y su esposo Jarrett tienen seis hijos, tres en el cielo y tres en la tierra. Dos de sus hermosos hijos llegaron a su familia a través de la adopción. Durante un momento muy complejo en la crianza Connected Families los asesoró y continua asesorandolos y guiandolos en el camino de una crianza basada en la gracia de Dios y la confianza y conexión con sus hijos. Jarrett y Luisa tienen un ministerio que se llama Built on Rock Parent Coaching que nació con el gran deseo de compartir esas enseñanzas con tantas familias como sea posible. Para más información acerca de su historia, ministerio y unas lindas fotos de su familia pueden visitar su página de internet: www.builtonrockparentcoaching.org. En este momento toda la información se encuentra en ingles pero si desean contactarlos para más información o asesorías de crianza en español pueden escribirles a [email protected]

    Acerca de Roberto y Esther:

    Roberto y Esther Reich son Asesores de Crianza Certificados por Connected Families. Esther es enfermera especializada en asesoría de lactancia materna y Roberto es Asociado Médico. Tienen tres hijos y sirven como misioneros con Serge en Guatemala desde 2018. A través de enfrentar retos en la crianza de sus hijos acudieron a Connected Families para recibir coaching/apoyo. El apoyo que recibieron de Chad Hayenga y de Lynne Jackson les ayudó a ver cambios significativos en ellos mismos y en sus hijos. Todavía hay mucho espacio para crecer como familia, pero la diferencia de antes y después de la intervención de Connected Families es significativa. Además de servir con otros ministerios en Guatemala (Centro Esdras, Sigo Vivo y Servant Harts), apoyan a padres e iglesias a través de talleres y coaching/apoyo individual para los que enfrentan retos en su crianza de sus hijos incluyendo los que son muy sensibles o intensos. Sus correos son: Robert: [email protected] y Esther: [email protected]

    Descubre más recursos que te apoyarán en la crianza.

    ¿Te pareció útil este episodio? ¡Por favor compártelo con tus amigos!

    ¡Tu donación impulsa nuestro trabajo! Apóyanos hoy donando a Connected Families.

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    26 April 2024, 2:19 pm
  • 28 minutes 1 second
    See Your Child’s Strengths in the Craziness | Ep. 175
    child's strengths

    Your kids, with all the wild moments they bring, are fearfully and wonderfully made. That means God gave them gifts and strengths. Listen to us chat with Courtney and Joe Dewey (Connected Families Certified Parent Coaches) about finding your child’s giftings and celebrating them. They emphasize the value of self-awareness as a parent, recognizing your strengths to be a more effective parent, and helping your children identify and develop their unique gifts.

    Courtney and Joe share personal stories of how they have celebrated and leveraged their family’s different strengths, such as assigning chores based on each child’s interests and dividing playtime according to complementary strengths. The conversation highlights the idea that families can thrive by focusing on and cultivating each family member’s God-given strengths.

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    Guest Bio:

    Courtney is a Connected Families Certified Parent Coach with over a decade of experience in coaching leaders in ministry. Her mission is to equip the body of Christ to know the gifts God has given them, develop those gifts, and utilize them to bring Him glory and make their best contribution to the Kingdom of Heaven. She combines her ministry experience with 8 years of homeschooling her four kids to help parents identify the gifts in their children and parent them in a way that sets them up to live out Ephesians 2:10 and lean into Connected Families third message of “child, you are called and capable”. You can reach out to her directly at [email protected]. She is certified in EQI, Birkman, Predictive Index, Core Clarity,

    Joe is a Connected Families Certified Parent Coach. He has a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and has served in full-time ministry with Cru in Leader Development and Human Resources since 2010. He has been a certified life coach since 2017. These experiences and more have molded him to lead with solutions. Whether it comes to ministry or parenting, he finds clarity in the midst of complexity that provides win-win solutions.

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    22 April 2024, 2:04 pm
  • 35 minutes 59 seconds
    Want to Connect With Your Teenager?
    connect with your teenager

    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.

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    15 April 2024, 3:48 am
  • Become the Self-Aware Parent You Want to Be
    self-aware parent

    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.

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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/CFCoaching
    Podcast https://buildingwisefamilies.com/podcast/

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    8 April 2024, 2:51 am
  • Max Lucado: Just In Case You Ever Feel Alone
    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.

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    Guest Bio:

    Max Lucado is known for combining poetic storytelling and homespun humor with
    the heart of a pastor. His trade books all begin as sermon series at Oak Hills Church,
    and his sermons all start with Max asking himself this question: “What can I say on
    Sunday that will still matter on Monday?” He’s been dubbed “America’s Pastor” by
    Christianity Today, “The Best Preacher in America” by Reader’s Digest, and the “Ted
    Lasso of Pastors” by the Dallas Morning News. Max Lucado has penned more than 40
    works of adult nonfiction, standing alongside dozens and dozens of bestselling
    children’s books, gift books, Bible studies, commentaries, and collections. His books
    have been published in 56 languages worldwide and regularly appear on bestseller
    lists, including The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today. He has more
    than 150 million products in print published in 56 languages worldwide. Learn more at
    MaxLucado.com.

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    25 March 2024, 2:59 am
  • 33 minutes 46 seconds
    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 […]
    18 March 2024, 2:06 am
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