Discipline that Connects – Book Review

Discipline that Connects with Your Child’s Heart

By Jim Jackson & Lynne Jackson

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First Person • Non-Fiction • Two Points of View • 311 Pages



About the Book (Backcover Blurb):

Did you know that the way we deal (or don’t deal) with our kids’ misbehavior shapes their beliefs about themselves, the world, and God? Therefore it’s vital to connect with their hearts–not just their minds–amid the daily behavior battles.

With warmth and grace, Jim and Lynne Jackson, founders of Connected Families, offer four tried-and-true keys to handling any behavioral issues with love, truth, and authority. You will learn practical ways to communicate messages of grace and truth, how to discipline in a way that motivates your child, and how to keep your relationship strong, not antagonistic. Discipline is more than just a short-term attempt to modify your child’s actions–it’s a long-term investment to help them build faith, wisdom, and character for life. When you discover a better path to discipline, you’ll find a more well-behaved–and well-believed–kid.


Why I Choose this Book:

I am incredibly interested in the reasoning behind why people think or do things. I ask “why?” all the time. I also find it fascinating to study personalities, read about studies done with people, and occasionally parenting books. Not only do I generally find books like this interesting, but they can also be helpful even in non-parenting situations – such as when I help out with the kids at Sunday School. Plus, I figure that if I ever do have kids one day (which I would love to) having studied the information now will be helpful. So, that’s the reason I choose this book even though I’m not a parent.

What I Thought about this Book:

It was intriguing, and at times enlightening. There were some lightbulb moments which were pretty cool. In fact, one of them helped me change my mindset toward one of the kids that I get to hang out with on a regular basis. So yay!

There were quite a fews of the things in the book I did agree with, but there was also a fair amount that I didn’t agree with. For one thing I felt like the balance was off. I don’t think parents should be control freaks, but there is also the other side of the spectrum where the parents give the kids too much control. From my viewpoint the book advocated giving the kids too much control. I think that their approach is a great idea to practice some of the time because it is really important for kids to learn to think through things on their own and learn how to make good decisions, but I also think it is important for kids to learn to obey their parents cheerfully even when they don’t understand or want to.

I totally agree that parents should make sure their kids feel safe, loved, and secure, and I’m glad that this book addressed that.


I’m not a parent so I’m not fully qualified to recommend or not recommend this book, but I will say that I learned from it, and it gave me some good food for thought.


I’m giving “Discipline that Connects with Your Child’s Heart” 3 out of 5 stars, and 5 out of 10.

*I received this book from Bethany House Publishers

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