Author Archives: Jonathan McKee

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.

Answering top questions from today’s parents PART III

How do you engage with your child when their favorite apps or games bore you? (example: Minecraft) Suck it up. When you’re kids are gone out of the house you’ll wish you would have played some of those boring games with them. Love is full of sacrifices… Continue Reading

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Answering top questions from today’s parents PART II

Is there a way to receive your child’s text directly to your phone or laptop? Can kid’s screens/apps activity be displayed on a parent’s screen? There are apps that can do this, but personally I don’t recommend them. I recommend just… Continue Reading

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Answering top questions from today’s parents PART I

What age do you recommend allowing children on social media? You’d think this answer would be easy, because even the Federal Trade Commission has declared that kids have to be 13-years-old to be on SnapChat, Instagram and Facebook… Continue Reading

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Guns, Drama, and Poor Conflict Resolution Skills

Simply ask ourselves, where are our kids learning how to respond when someone disagrees with them or makes them angry? Is there anyone teaching them patience, gentleness, or considering others greater than themselves? Continue Reading

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Mean girls, mean boys, mean words…

These words are often posted everywhere, for everyone to see… and they have devastating effects. Continue Reading

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3 Reasons Why Today’s Teens are Depressed More Than Ever Before

I can’t say I disagree. In fact, I see 3 ingredients catalyzing this unprecedented increase in teen anxiety and depression, and all flow from that device young people carry around in their pocket. Continue Reading

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Engaging Young People with Stranger Things

Did you know that we have free discussion starters for EVERY episode of Stranger Things on our TheSource4Parents.com Netflix discussions page? (Did you even know we had a free Netflix Discussions page?) Continue Reading

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Media Use by Kids Age Zero to Eight

42% of 0-8-year-olds have their own tablet (compared to 7% in 2013)… and 42% of parents admit that the TV is on “always” or “most of the time” in their home, whether anyone is watching or not. Continue Reading

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Police Detective Interviews Me About Teen’s Most Pressing Risks

It happens all the time. Boy asks girl to send a sexy pic. Girl sends pic. Girl and boy break up. Next thing you know, boy sends pic to the whole school with the caption, “What a whore!” Girl is devastated. Every high school has at least one story like this. Continue Reading

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STDs at an all time high… again

The timing is uncanny. Last Tuesday the CDC announced “the highest number of these sexually transmitted diseases ever reported,” literally 9 days after the Washington Post featured a story reprinted by newspapers globally about how teenagers weren’t drinking or driving or having sex, rather, they were… and I quote… “sticking to G-rated activities such as rock climbing or talking about books.” Continue Reading

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