SEPTEMBER 24 | 4:00 - 6:30 PM
Admission is Free
What kids learn when they are disciplined will last a lifetime. But well-intentioned parents miss their kids’ hearts during discipline. It happens all the time. Instead of building the wisdom and respect they hope for, parents inadvertently build discouragement and resentment, which drives their kids to misbehave more. But it doesn’t have to be that way!
Our dynamic speakers share their own stories — both humorous and impactful — on their journey toward learning to parent from four powerful messages that all children long to hear:
1. “You are SAFE”: Before parents ask, “What should I do?” it’s important to ask “What’s going on?” As we take an honest look at what’s going on in us in the heat of the moment, we can work to be emotionally safe parents. Our kids learn best when they feel safe!
2. “You are LOVED”: The next step is about communicating to our kids that they are loved no matter what! This can happen anytime, but the “golden opportunity” of connection comes where you’d least expect it — in the middle of misbehavior! Effective empathy when kids are struggling communicates love in a powerful way, calms defiance, and paves the way for wiser choices (on everyone’s part!).
3. “You are GOD’S WORKMANSHIP”: Once we’ve built a strong message of safety and love into our kids, we can find and build strengths in kids, even in misbehavior! We can ask thoughtful questions, guide their choices, and even help them use the intensity and gifts that contributed to the misbehavior for more honoring purposes. This builds their identity as capable of doing good things!
4. “You are RESPONSIBLE”: Often parents want to skip right to this message — “I need to hold my child responsible!” But this message builds on the other three. This fourth message is more about helping kids take ownership of their life and their actions than simply enforcing punishments for bad behavior.
The workshop equips parents with practical tools for effective discipline and ends with an uplifting call to action: Let go of your primary (and exasperating) goal of trying to manage your kids’ behavior. Start mentoring their belief, empower them to manage their own behavior, and watch kindness and wisdom grow in your family! This isn’t a quick fix. But it is a lasting fix. What will you do to take the next step toward becoming a more grace-filled parent, even in the midst of discipline challenges?
Speaker Bio: Jim & Lynne Jackson
In their 30 years together Jim and Lynne have learned to bring God's grace and truth to the messes of real life; their and yours. Their three closely-aged kids all had straight A's before they started school: ADHD, Asthma, Allergies, and Acid reflux. Translation: A WIRED FAMILY! And both of them chose careers working with other people's kids. This unique combination of experience at home and at work led them to start Connected Families in 2002. Since then their resources have equipped thousands of parents around the world be more peaceful, purposeful, and confident!