Welcome to episode 101 of Mud Stories!
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Today I’m talking with Jim and Lynne Jackson, whose heart is to help us in the midst of our parenting mud. Since 1993, Jim and Lynne have worked in the trenches with parents of all kinds – single parents, adoptive parents, parents of teens, parents of kids with behavior challenges, and blended families! They are coaches, teachers, speakers and the authors of the book Discipline that Connects.
Jim and Lynne share with us insight and strategy to help us make our actions match our messages, and help us connect with our child’s heart as we train them along the way.
“Poor parenting is not usually for lack of good intentions, it is a lack of understanding on how those intentions land on kids.”
~Jim & Lynne Jackson
In this episode we talk about:
- Their backgrounds with parenting
- When we look forward to having children and then struggle when we are raising them
- Julie Barnhill’s truth-filled words: “God didn’t give you your child so you could fix him or whip in into shape. God gave you your child so you could be more like Jesus.”
- How to keep the end goal in mind
- Tips in fostering sibling relationships so that our children become adult friends
Jim & Lynne share about:
- How to think beyond our good intentions and evaluate how they might land with your child
- How to remember we are fully complete and loved in Christ (Ephesians 1) regardless of the situations with our children
- Believing our self esteem doesn’t rise and fall with every eye roll or loud exhale from our child
- The accountability messages:
You are called
You are Capable
You are God’s workmanship
You have been given a purpose
You are responsible to make right what you’ve made wrong
- Ideas to help our kids know that they are safe and loved
- Tips to cultivating the peace process and guide our kids through conflict resolution
Jim & Lynne encourage us to:
- List our intentions
- Determine what we want our child to value (respect, connection, self-control, empathy, etc.)
- Be intentional and think through the message our child may be receiving
- Remember our child is not our report card, but that Jesus is
- Build our parenting on our identity that is based on God’s Word
May this conversation inspire you, bring you courage today, and be an encouragement to you no matter what you are facing!
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SCRIPTURE:In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. Ephesians 1:11-12 (NIV)
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