52 Ways to Connect

Posted on: 04/28/16 5:45 AM | by Jonathan McKee

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)…

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Parenting Do Over

Posted on: 04/21/16 5:00 AM | by Jonathan McKee

parenting regrets“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 a while (you’ve got kids tweens or older). Here’s the question:

If you could go back and change one thing about your parenting… what would you do differently?

I’m writing a parenting book about the 7 vital changes I’d make parenting if I had a do over. Let’s face it. Hindsight is often 20/20. I’m packing the book with wisdom and insight from numerous parents and grandparents who also look back introspectively and think, “Here’s something I would definitely do differently.”

Anything come to mind?

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The Limp Truth about Porn

Posted on: 04/18/16 4:00 PM | by Jonathan McKee

Time Magazine porn coverThe 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). The point was simple. Young men who regularly visit porn, are struggling to perform sexually in real life.

The research is fairly new… at least since high speed Internet has become commonplace. I cited similar studies in my chapters on porn in More Than Just the Talk (for parents) and Sex Matters (for young people). Guys are spending more time watching porn than ever before because it’s more readily available. The more they watch, the more the “same ol’ thing” just isn’t stimulating. So they pursue more extreme material. Pretty soon, this porn addict is used to piles of perfect looking women doing everything imaginable… and their real life sex partner isn’t enough to get the blood flowing… literally.

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Netflix Binging

Posted on: 04/12/16 5:45 AM | by Jonathan McKee

girl_watchingphone-DP.comAnd 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 the turn of the Millennium, had you ever even heard the word “Netflix”? It wasn’t until 2001 when the company’s name began gaining recognition because Best Buy gave them exposure. You, like me, might remember them in the early 2000’s as a unique way to “rent movies” through the mail. Then come 2007 they began their video streaming services…

…and entertainment changed.

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Helping Today’s Parents

Posted on: 04/5/16 5:45 AM | by Jonathan McKee

girl-dad-fightMy 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 following situations (true circumstances parents ask me about constantly):

  • My daughter just sits and watches Netflix all afternoon… and honestly… I don’t even know what she’s watching.
  • My 11-year-old son plays X-box with his headset on talking with who knows. Should I know who he’s talking to?
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