Category Archives: Parenting

At what age should I let my kid have a phone?

I hear the question at every parenting workshop I teach. It comes in many forms: “How young is too young for my kids to have their own phone?” “I didn’t get my kid a phone… I just got them an … Continue reading

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52 Ways to Connect

The book, the workshop… it’s happening. Last night I taught my brand new parent workshop, Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid, for the second time. I’m excited with the feedback I’m hearing so far! And speaking of feedback… My publisher … Continue reading

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Parenting Do Over

“Here’s something I would definitely do differently…” NOTE: Some great comments in this blog post. Clearly one of those posts where the true treasure is in the comments. This question is for parents or grandparents who’ve been at it for … Continue reading

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The Limp Truth about Porn

The most recent cover of Time Magazine had just one caption: “Why young men who grew up with Internet porn are becoming advocates for turning it off.” The cover article was titled, Porn and the Threat to Virility (subscription required). … Continue reading

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Netflix Binging

And how we can use Netflix to connect with our kids It’s funny how the proliferation of mobile devices is actually changing the way young people watch entertainment. One of the biggest changes is video streaming. Think about it. At … Continue reading

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Helping Today’s Parents

My 3 Favorite Places to Get Real-World Help for Parents Parenting was difficult for my parents, and I wasn’t even begging them for a Smartphone! Now add technology into the mix… how are today’s parents even supposed to handle the … Continue reading

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I’m On Your Radio Today

This week I’ll be interviewed by Dennis Rainey and Bob Lepine on Family Life Today, aired on over 1400 radio stations in the US. I’ll be their guest three days in a row starting today- March 16, 17 and 18, … Continue reading

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Do Carl’s Jr.’s Sexy Ads Sell?

Does sex sell? Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s is known for their over-the-top sexy ads. From Paris Hilton sensually washing a Bentley while eating a burger, to two girls getting in a scuffle at the BBQ grill and seductively intertwining to eat the … Continue reading

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What age is too early?

When is it to early to talk with our kids about sex? This morning I received the following question from a concerned parent: Dear Jonathan, A few days ago my 8-year-old son was playing on a playground when another elementary-aged … Continue reading

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Parenting Advice from Mom of Columbine Killer

Tonight at 10PM ABC’s Diane Sawyer will be interviewing Sue Klebold, mother of Columbine killer Dylan Klebold. If you’re a parent, do not miss this interview. I’m fascinated by this interview, not only as a student of youth culture whose … Continue reading

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