Ashley and I

A few weeks ago I shared with you how my youngest daughter Ashley doesn’t think I’m funny anymore.

It’s not that we don’t laugh together any more… we do all the time. Ashley has just proven to be my toughest audience. I used to be able to get a laugh out of Ashley no problem. Now it’s work!!!

I guess I’m not the only dad out there “trying too hard.” Because we hear the same thing from another teenager in our new R U Listening video that we just launched on our parents YouTube page. Carly, from Michigan tells her dad to not try too hard to be Mr. Fun Dad. Ashley and I recorded this R U Listening video together… since it hits close to home!

What about you? Do you find yourself trying too hard as a parent at times instead of just being you?

About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over twenty books including the brand new If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; Sex Matters; The Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket; and youth ministry books like Ministry By Teenagers; Connect; and the 10-Minute Talks series. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, TheSource4YM.com and TheSource4Parents.com. You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.
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One Response to Ashley and I

  1. Jason says:

    Not too sure if i am trying too hard as a parent, but my oldest son, 14, just told me that I should probably start looking at becoming a Sr. pastor. Trying to figure out if that is because he is my son and sees his dad as just an old guy who thinks he can hang with teens, or is he being serious and should I see if my youth pastor days are numbered.

    As Jonathan would say: Hmmmm….