Engaging Today’s Teens in Meaningful Conversation

Jonathan McKee Canada interviewCanadian TV show My New Day just posted three of their shows online where the hosts Bob and Audrey interviewed me about engaging today’s teenagers in meaningful conversation. (You’ll see Part 1, 2, and 3 all linked on this page. Part 1 really gets started at about 8:45 into it, the rest dive in right away.)

These videos are great clips to show to parents about how to use everyday real-world occurrences to get our kids talking about stuff that matters.

Here’s an excerpt from part 3:

Jonathan: It’s funny. If we put 10 parents together from the same church and you asked, “What do you allow and not allow in your house?” Then…

Audrey: You’d get 10 different answers.

Jonathan: Yep. You’d see some who are more strict, some more lenient. And funny enough, when you look at all the parenting experts, all the researchers writing about this stuff, they all will disagree about how strict or how lenient they should be, but they all agree on one thing: we need to talk with our kids about this stuff all the time.

Audrey: Meaningful conversations.

Jonathan: Yep. Literally the most conservative Parents Television Council and Planned Parenthood are both saying, “Talk with your kids about this stuff,” albeit, two different things they’re saying we should say…

Audrey: Yes. (laughing)

Jonathan: But every expert out there agrees. So we can use pop culture to do this, to ask, “Is what she just sang in her song, is it right?”

(My New Day, Get Your Kids Talking, Part 3, beginning at 7 minutes and 43 seconds)

I was interviewed four more times on this same show, posting next month about my new book, More Than Just the Talk.

About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices, If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. 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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