Jonathan McKee joins us to kickoff our Technology month. With
over 20 years youth ministry experience, Jonathan speaks to parents
and leaders worldwide. He’s the author of over twenty books
including the brand new THE TEEN'S GUIDE TO SOCIAL MEDIA & MOBILE
DEVICES and IF I HAD A PARENTING DO OVER. Jonathan, his wife, Lori,
and their three kids live in California and he resources parents
with ongoing resources at TheSource4Parents.com
The research is clear, parents overwhelmingly
look back and say “I wish I had spent more time with my
The YES Factor - no matter what, if my kids came to me to
ask “Hey dad, will you do this?”, the answer would be
Overreaction is never the answer. Be careful with saying to
yourself, “I’ve got this”.
James 1:19 - quick to listen and slow to speak and
slow to become angry
Hit the “Pause Button” and take time before responding.
After giving your kid time to cool off, ask them what they think
the consequence should be
It was me messing up that gave me the insight to do it right
the next time
“Angry outbursts teach our kids I can’t go to mom, she’ll
freak out or dad isn’t safe. Consider the ramifications of
that feeling. If mom or dad isn’t safe, then who will our kids
run to for comfort, for advice and for admiration."
The most important thing I tell parents when they begin
learning about culture and media is “Don’t Freak
Boundary Fast >> don’t add boundaries, but
instead begin the process by working on bonding. We must bond
before we can add boundaries
The Segue - the dissolve from one thing to another.
We must slowly fade back on our boundaries as our kids grow older.
Kids need clear boundaries, but those boundaries must pull back as
they approach leaving the home and deciding for themselves.
We need to look for opportunities for our kids to
practice making decisions for themselves.
- MORE INFO: Free resource from Jonathan McKee:
Answering 30 top questions from today’s parents