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How to Connect with Kids These Days

A Game Plan For (Re)Connecting With Those We Teach, Lead, & Love

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  • 10 knowledge and inspirational modules.
  • PDF and Video formats.
  • Step-by-step guides through each focus area.
  • Rewind and reconnect as needed, or choose just a few ideas and conversation starters, then watch as small changes add up to big results!
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100

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Your Outcome

About this course

The kids are the least of our worries.

Seriously. If that sounds blasphemous in a course for concerned parents and educators (and anyone, really, who worries about connecting with “kids these days”), then I am so glad you’re here.

If you own a kid, work with a kid, or love a kid, you will find something inspiring and practical in this course. Dare I say game-changing.

This course was born from the hundreds of stories of kids, their families, and their support systems I was lucky to meet as I worked across Canada and the USA. Regardless of who I met or where I met them, the message was always the same: our kids are okay ONLY if those of us holding them are okay.

During the developmental years, schools—and educators—are the most significant connection point to most every child on this continent. But are the educators okay? I believe that most of the great educators want to make a difference. Many tell me, however, that they are finding it more and more difficult “these days” to love what they do. I think it’s time we did a better job of looking after them. First. Plain and simple.

This course is for the parents and educators: our teachers, bus drivers, administrators, educational assistants, librarians, administrative assistants, and custodians. And anyone who leads, loves, and supports them. If that’s you, I am so grateful you are here.

Hi, I’m Jody. I believe in two things.

First, I believe in the idea that you are exactly where you need to be. No matter how painful. No matter how wonderful. But wherever you are, you need to be there. Second, I believe that everyone has a “story” and it is this story that guides your relationships. Understanding your own story can help you make sense of where you’ve come from and it often help in the writing of all future chapters that await.

My story? I was always intrigued by relationships. And I thought for a long time “helping people” meant fixing things. It was my “job” in my family. Slowly, along the way, I have learned that it is not about having the answer. It’s not about fixing. If you can connect, however, and truly understand someone’s story – that is where the power lies. In the relationship.

And then I became a wife. And then a mother to a son, followed by boy-girl twins. The title of “mom” is the job where I really need to rely on this whole “believer” idea. I thought my story was going to read like a milk-and-cookies mom who never yelled or resorted to (extremely) excessive use of the I-Pad. Turns out, that’s not my story. Truth of the matter is – my kids make my world the brightest it’s ever been , but I have learned that I am a better spouse, a better Mom, and a better friend – better at the most important relationships – when I can show them what it looks like to have found your passion. You can’t tell people how to do the most important things in life – you have to show them. And that’s why I’m here. And, if it so happens that we’ve met, or get to meet, I look forward to your story and the lessons I’ll learn from you. And maybe those you might learn from me.

Everything you need to connect with kids these days as an educator and parent


Clear, actionable advice

- 10 knowledge and inspirational modules.

- PDF and Video formats.

- Step-by-step guides through each focus area.

Rewind and reconnect as needed, or choose just a few ideas and conversation starters, then watch as small changes add up to big results!

Support & Inspiration

Dr. Jody, her team, and all of the course members will help to answer your questions, and provide encouragement and support.

Connecting with kids starts with us (re)connecting with each other in meaningful ways. You’ll never have to do this alone!


Professional Development Certificate

You can receive credit for up to 40 continuing education units (CEUs.) Use our PD log to track your progress and time spent learning.

You’ll receive a certificate of completion when you finish the course!

Ongoing support & accountability

You’ll keep your access to the course AND the Facebook community when the course is over at no charge!

Revisit the resources and get support, so you can maintain your new connections permanently.

Conversation & action starters

Start small. Breathe.

Take the first step towards connecting and reconnecting with the kids in our lives.

More than ideas, the focus is on what we all can do in the most practical of approaches and ways to connect.

Three Simple Steps to Connection

We don't want to waste your time. This course is about connecting to those we teach, lead, and love. Here's how it works

Videos, Audio, and PDF Guides


Inside the course you'll have access to 10 Modules filled with videos, audio, and PDF Guides design to walk you through the process of connecting with kids these days. Rewind and reconnect as needed.


Use The Conversation Starters and Take Action

Start small. Breathe. Then take the first step towards connecting and reconnecting with the kids in our lives. More than ideas, the focus is on what we all can do in the most practical of approaches and ways to connect.


Share In The Community


We are in this together. This is more than an online course, it is a community of teachers, parents, leaders, and educators. More sharing. Less judging. Always supporting and connecting.

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Course Curriculum

Introduction and Overview

  • Welcome to the "How to Connect With Kids These Days" Online Course (4:02)
  • Join the Private FB Community
  • Tracking Your CEUs (PD Credit)

Module 1: Why You Chose This Holy Work

  • Video: The "Why" Has Never Been More Important (28:11)
  • Module 1 Guide and Conversation ers

Module 2: The Key to Changing the World - Emotional Regulation

  • Video: Taming the Crazy by Getting Crazy with Lid Flipping (30:50)
  • Module 2 Guide and Conversation starters

Module 3: Kids These Days - How I See Them

  • Video: Caillou Kids and Flat Stanley Kids (and a word on attention) (25:32)
  • Module 3 Guide and Conversation starters

Module 4: As If It Wasn't Complicate Enough - Enter Trauma

  • Video: Becoming trauma informed (40:34)
  • Module 4 Guide and Conversation starters
  • ACES and BCES

Module 5: Grief

  • Video: Grief, Mourning, and Our Response (26:44)
  • Module 5 Guide and Conversation starters

Module 6: The Answer - Getting Hearts and Taking Names

  • Video: Building Lasting Relationships (37:39)
  • Module 6 Guide and Conversation starters


Module 7: The Carrington Connection Network

  • Video: Get Connected. Stay Connected. (39:34)
  • Module 7 Guide and Conversation starters
  • CCN

Module 8: The Kids Are The Least Of Our Worries

  • Video: Making This All Matter (28:11)
  • Module 8 Guide and Conversation starters

Next Steps

  • Your Plan of Action and Send Off
  • Book Club

Your Instructor

Dr Jody Carrington
Child Psychologist

Over the past 15 years, Dr. Jody Carrington has assessed, treated, educated and empowered some of our most vulnerable and precious souls on the planet. She is a child psychologist by trade, but Jody rarely treats kids. The answer lies, she believes, in the people who hold them. Especially when kids have experienced trauma, that’s when they need big people the most. Some of her favourites include educators, parents, first responders, and foster parents. Jody has shifted the way they think and feel about the holy work that they do.

Before Jody started her own practice and speaking across the country, she worked at the Alberta Children’s Hospital on the inpatient and day treatment units where she held families with some of the difficult stories. They taught her the most important lesson: we are wired to do hard things. We can handle those hard things so much easier when we remember this: we are wired for connection.

This all started when Jody received her Bachelor of Arts with Distinction from the University of Alberta. She completed a year-long internship with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police during that time, and worked alongside families struggling with chronic illness at the Ronald McDonald House. She received her Master’s degree in Psychology at the University of Regina and completed her PhD there as well, before completing her residency in Nova Scotia.  

Her first book, Kids These Days: A Game Plan for (Re)Connecting with those we Teach, Lead & Love, came out in 2019 and sold 20,000 copies in just three months. It is now on Amazon’s Best Sellers List.

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