Your Honest Feedback you’d ever wanted to share your two cents on a book before it was published… now’s your chance. I’m looking for a small group of people who would be willing to screen my new book, “If I Had a Parenting Do Over” and give me their honest feedback.

That’s it. The only catch is that I need a quick turn around. I’d send you an e-copy of the manuscript this Friday, and I’d need your comments back by the following Friday, July 1.

If you’d be interested in doing this, please just email me at and let me know, “I want in!”

I’ll give each of these readers a free signed book when it is released this coming January.

Thanks for being one of my loyal blog readers!

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same place same device’m beginning to do a lot of radio interviews again with the release of my new book, and somehow this question always comes up:

What is the biggest issue parents are dealing with today?

I don’t even have to blink, because the answer is so apparent: smartphones and social media.

Yes, in a world where sexual fluidity, drug dependency, and shrinking moral values are abundant, even those issues are being propagated through the medium of social media, primarily through that device in our kids’ pockets. And whenever our kids choose to rant, or feel confused and/or depressed… where is their go to source for information as well as the platform they choose to express themselves?

Yeah… same place, same device.

Whenever parents approach me after a parent workshop with a question, I can almost count on the question beginning something like this…

So my daughter has this new app…

My kids are supposed to turn their phones off at night, but…

My kids have been asking for a phone since 3rd grade…

My son has been playing X-box live and he met someone…

So where do parents go for these answers?

Here’s a nice little summary of some trusted resources and articles that have proved really helpful for a lot of parents. Feel free to pass these on to any parents you know whose kids have access to devices (so… pretty much all of them!)

Addicted: When the Smartphone Becomes an Obsession- our brand new Parenting Help article on unveiling what smartphone use looks like in the average American home… in the lives of both parents and kids!

52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid- my brand new book helping parents maximize venues where their kids naturally look up from their devices and engage in meaningful conversation.

Can I Have a Phone: Answering Every Kid’s Burning Question- our newest Youth Culture Window article sharing the latest research and advice for parents whose kids are asking for a phone.

Are Smartphones and Social Media Too Dangerous for My Kids?- a Parenting Help article on providing 5 steps parents can take to help their kids learn to be responsible with their mobile devices.

The Smartphone: Today’s Conversation Killer- a Parenting Help article on providing the newest research on the effect this little device is having on young people’s ability to have conversations today.

Keeping Social Media Safe- a blog post I wrote 2 years ago comparing the research from all the experts about what guidelines actually work with today’s young people.

Should I Just Smash My Kid’s Phone? – a helpful workbook from Doug Fields and I helping parents empower their kids to make good choices and develop responsibility.

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8th Grader’s Amazing Impersonations of Trump, Clinton and Sanders

8th grader grad speechThe video is going viral. It’s garnered literally a million new views since I saw it 12 hours ago. It’s an 8th grader’s graduation speech.

This is no grad speech I’ve ever heard. His name is Jack Aiello, and he just graduated from Thomas Middle School outside of Chicago. This kid nailed the mannerisms of presidential hopefuls Trump, Cruz, Clinton, Sanders… and even our current commander in Chief. Sure, the kid is only in 8th grade and the voices aren’t dead on… but he’s truly got a gift impersonating the mannerisms.

His dad told ABC that Jack has been interested in politics for several years. “He’s always been good with impressions, so while watching along with his mom and I, he picked up phrases and mannerisms of the candidates.”

Take a peek. (My favorite is his Sanders impression. Wow.)

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Are Today’s Teens Taking Less Risks?

teen-risks-sex-texting-marijuanaAre kids having more sex than years prior?

Are kids smoking more or less pot?

What about texting and driving?

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) just released their brand new Youth Risk Behavior Survey, a study released every other year asking teenagers about risky behaviors such as smoking, drinking, fighting at school, sexual activity… and even if they wear a seatbelt. The report breaks the numbers down by state, race, or grade, as well as providing national averages.

Here’s a few highlights:

  • 41% of high school students have had sexual intercourse (58% of seniors).
  • 30% of high school students are currently sexually active (46% of seniors)
  • 39% of high school students have ever used marijuana (50% of seniors)
  • 22% of high school students are current users of marijuana (28% of seniors)
  • 42% of high school students have texted while driving a car in the last 30 days (61% of seniors)

Continue reading “Are Today’s Teens Taking Less Risks?” »

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Giving you a free book

52-Ways-to-Connect-MONEY-PRODUCTI’ll make it simple: anyone who buys my brand new book on Amazon (the Kindle version released TODAY!), and posts an “Amazon verified purchase” review… I’ll send you any one of my parenting books for free… and personally sign it for you.

It’s that simple. Buy it from Amazon and review it—you get a book free from me.

Why? Because Amazon “verified purchases” hold a lot of clout with Amazon. So I desperately want my cherished readers (that’s you) chiming in on Amazon and posting good reviews of my books.

Here’s how you can do it: Continue reading “Giving you a free book” »

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I want the truth… kind of

A few good menIn 1992 Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson gave incredible performances in the riveting movie, A Few Good Men. In their memorable exchange, Nicholson’s character Col. Nathan Jessup barked out a line so profound that it made it into the AFI’s list of the 100 best movie quotes:

Col. Jessep: You want answers?

Kaffee: I think I’m entitled to.

Col. Jessep: You want answers?

Kaffee: I want the truth!

Col. Jessep: You can’t handle the truth!


That word has metamorphosized quite a bit over the last two decades. Continue reading “I want the truth… kind of” »

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Your Smartphone Obsessed Kids

52-Ways-to-Connect-MONEY-PRODUCTIt’s coming this month…

In fact, I’m getting early copies in two weeks, so I’ll be personally signing every single book you pre-order!

I’ve gotta confess: this book was such a fun project! It’s a combination of research and hands-on parenting experiences revealing the most effective venues and connection points that actually work for today’s parents who want to connect with their “over-connected” kids. It’s packed with practical stuff parents and caring adult mentors can use to engage in meaningful conversations!

Order now HERE in our new store!

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SNL Mocks Christian Films

SNL-mocks-christian-moviesSaturday Night Live (SNL) has been poking fun at Christians for years. The question I want to ask is: is there any validity to their jesting? Or more importantly, can we learn anything from it?

A few weeks ago SNL did a sketch mocking the film God’s Not Dead (and the sequel), mixed with the recent controversy about Christians refusing to provide services for gay weddings.

Continue reading “SNL Mocks Christian Films” »

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Helping Small Groups Be More Effective

Jonathan-McKee-SMALL-GROUPSHere’s a fun little free training video I did for Youth Specialties that they posted on YouTube.

It’s the perfect little training tool to show your leaders, anyone who is running a small group at any time!

Check it out:

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Aidan for Vice President

AIDANLast week my brother Thom (pastor, dad, Star Wars nerd…) emailed me asking for ideas for his 10-year-old son Aidan’s Vice Presidential campaign at school. My brother is amazingly creative (many of you know him from his insightful Biblical discussions on the most recent seasons of The Gospel According to The Walking Dead blog… subscribe to those HERE), and sure enough, these presidential campaign ideas were hilarious!

I had to share them with you. Continue reading “Aidan for Vice President” »

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