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Lori in the hospital

Posted on: 01/15/19 1:26 PM | by Jonathan McKee

Many of you already read on my Facebook page that we had a crazy weekend–while I was in St. Louis speaking, Lori was rushed to the hospital to have her appendix removed.

The surgery went well, but her recovery has been a little slower than expected. Doc said even though her appendix hadn’t ruptured, it had turned nasty and adhered to her bowel and started spreading the nasty (I paraphrase). So her bowel was really angry at her and the docs were trying to fight it with antibiotics.

She ended up staying two nights in the hospital and finally got to come home last night. Now she’s on bedrest and I’m bringing her soup, liquids, too many meds to count, etc.

Those of you who are used to seeing new resources being posted to TheSource4YM.com and TheSource4Parents.com are seeing a lag… because Lori is the backbone of posting stuff to these sites. So this week EVERYONE is going to be missing Lori big time (life of the small non-profit).

So rest assured… more free resources are coming. Just pray for Lori’s speedy recovery.

So glad to have my girl home!!!

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Netflix’s “Sex Education”

Posted on: 01/9/19 3:30 AM | by Jonathan McKee

It premieres on Netflix in just two days, but it’s probably not what you think when you hear the words “sex education.”

In a world where many parents really struggle with how and when to engage their kids in “the talk”… Netflix is launching a show that once again (yes, they did the same thing with Big Mouth) is either addressing or exploiting—you decide—the subject that isn’t talked about much in most homes. But from the world’s perspective, of course.

Teen Vogue describes it as Big Mouth meets Degrassi and the trailer speaks volumes about what you can expect:

The interesting thing about sexually charged media is that the creators always claim they are just portraying a realistic glimpse of today’s youth culture. Occasionally I’ve seen films do this (remember Thirteen?), but most the time these types of entertainment media serve more as an influencer of how to behave than a representation of how kids are already behaving (something I address to teens in my The Teen’s Guide to Social Media and Mobile Devices).

A character in the show claims, “Everybody’s either thinking about shagging, about to shag, or actually shagging.”

Is that true?

Is there a chance that the pre-pubescent freshman who can’t stop playing Fortnite isn’t even curious about sex yet… or do we need to consider having these conversations a little earlier?

I guess that depends.

Do you want to be the one to tell your kids the truth about this subject, or would you rather wait until they hear the lies first?

So how can you engage your kids in conversation about this important topic?

For more help becoming your kids Go-To person about sex, take a peek at Jonathan’s books, More Than Just the Talk (for parents) and Sex Matters (for young people). Or Pre-order Jonathan’s newest book for guys, The Guy’s Guide to Four Battles Every Young Man Must Face.

Top Blog Posts of 2018

Posted on: 01/2/19 12:54 PM | by Jonathan McKee

Here are the top 10 blog posts of mine that you guys trafficked in 2018.

1. Gunning Your Kids Down

The No 1 trafficked post by far was “Gunning Your Kids Down”… my expose on violence in current music (including songs about gunning people down that went No. 1 during the Vegas shooting).

2. Mom, Is Justin Bieber a Christian?

Like my popular post, “Mom, is Chance the Rapper a Christian?” (Which, interesting side note, did you see what Chance posted on Insta last month? Fascinating.) This post provides you with questions to not rant or judge Justin’s imperfections, but dialogue about him in a helpful way Continue reading “Top Blog Posts of 2018” »

Teens and Social Media

Posted on: 12/28/18 11:17 AM | by Jonathan McKee

If you happened to turn on Christian radio the day after Christmas you might have caught Focus on the Family President Jim Daly and I talking about teens and social media on their daily broadcast. They re-aired it December 26th because they said it was one of their most popular broadcasts of the year.

They just released the FULL video of the show in case you missed it:

Amazon has the The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices on sale HERE

On a middle school campus

Posted on: 12/11/18 3:30 AM | by Jonathan McKee

This semester I’ve had the privilege of hanging out at a middle school just 14 minutes from my house and we’re getting ready to start a campus ministry reaching the campus… but it’s not easy.

I met the principle earlier this year when I was doing research for my bullying book. I love this guy. He’s an amazing educator who is more “encourager” than “disciplinarian”… the school is so lucky to have him. I got to know him a little better when he brought me out to teach my Parenting the Smartphone Generation workshop to the school’s parents, and I’ve been hanging out on campus about once a week with him during lunch since.

One day I mentioned that it would be cool to see a Campus Life or Young Life club on campus and he welcomed the idea. So I literally walked into the church across the street, met the youth pastor and said, “Do you want to help me reach this campus?” Continue reading “On a middle school campus” »

A Christmas Message You Can Use

Posted on: 12/6/18 3:32 AM | by Jonathan McKee

Looking for a Christmas message you can use?

Here’s a talk I  wrote about the many “distractions” the world dangles in front of us during the Christmas season… so much that we lose sight of Christ!

I begin the talk showing the top gifts teens have put on their Amazon wish list this Christmas… every single one of them has to do with screens or tech.

Here’s the message, along with some small group questions! Enjoy! (Download Youth Ministry -DYM- did an AMAZING job making professional slides for this talk available HERE for just a few bucks.) Continue reading “A Christmas Message You Can Use” »

Broke 1000

Posted on: 11/26/18 5:00 AM | by Jonathan McKee

Amazed once again at how good God is… last weekend Black Friday shoppers loaded up on my Guy’s Guide to God, Girls, and the Phone in Your Pocket. The book was ranked 924 of ALL BOOKS on Amazon through the weekend.

Not bad at all for a Christian book to teen guys!

It’s funny, this is the book that parents keep buying and when I read the reviews, the common consensus is, “I bought this for my son (grandson, nephew, little brother) and he actually liked it!”  (I always laugh when people are so surprised when a guy actually reads a book!)

Shout out to my editor to Kelly for setting the vision for this one!

 

on Canadian TV talking about bullying

Posted on: 11/21/18 1:56 PM | by Jonathan McKee

Last week Canadian TV show 100 Huntley Street aired a series of interviews with me about bullying, and how parents, teachers and youth workers can actually prevent it.

Here’s the two part interview…

PART I:

PART II: Continue reading “on Canadian TV talking about bullying” »

please pray for us

Posted on: 11/2/18 3:30 AM | by Jonathan McKee

It’s been an interesting week, with my new bullying book releasing yesterday, and doing a two day show about bullying with Focus on the Family

But honestly, my mind is on tonight.

Tonight and tomorrow my friends Sean McDowell, Greg Stier and Caleb Kaltenbach are joining together with me to speak to church leaders about reaching LGBTQ youth at our Anchored Leadership Conference.

We are excited, yet nervous, about this event because we know Continue reading “please pray for us” »

Focus Interviews Me about Bullying

Posted on: 10/29/18 1:50 PM | by Jonathan McKee

This Thursday and Friday Focus on the Family will be airing a two-day radio show where they interview me about how parents and teachings can prevent bullying.

Here’s just a quick snippet:

Here’s Continue reading “Focus Interviews Me about Bullying” »