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 just sent the final cover of the book, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid, to the printer. I really like the way it turned out (with Shaunti’s kind words on the front)…


Humbled to see what people have been saying so far about the book. They’ve already posted over a dozen reviews of this book on Amazon HERE (and if you’d like to do me a favor, go ahead and click on the PRE-ORDER button while you’re there…that tells Amazon this book is going to be a winner and boosts publicity. And NOTE: Nobody know it yet, but the Kindle is actually releasing a week or two earlier than the street date for the printed book).

This is a really fun topic, in a world where “over-connected” parents are having a difficult time connecting with “over-connected kids.” This book and workshop helps parents and kids maximize opportunities to truly connect and engage in meaningful conversation.


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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One Response to 52 Ways to Connect

  1. Sam Swann says:

    I was privileged to have the opportunity to read an advanced copy of “52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid”. As I was reading it occurred to me that this will be a great resource for parents, particularly those who are really struggling to find ways to be engaged with their children. I was also a little saddened that a book of this nature needed to be written. This is something that should come naturally to us, but the truth is being connected to our kids is becoming more and more difficult because of rapidly changing technology and the great “distraction factor” that comes along with those changes.

    This book addresses that very issue, and offers some very helpful advice to help us avoid losing the connection that our families need. I really liked the short chapters with anecdotal stories to introduce each topic, the challenge of addressing the issue as well as the questions to ponder. It makes for an easy read. It flows nicely, I never felt bogged down or that I was being taken on a guilt trip for my failings as a parent. They are bite sized suggestions, easy to digest and not an overwhelming amount of information or suggestions that can sometimes leave your head spinning. In fact, as I stated above, I think this book will be a very helpful resource for parents, so when it comes out, buy yourself a copy and maybe one for a friend as well.