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In 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid, author Jonathan McKee offers help to parents who want to have meaningful interaction with their kids instead of always overreacting to their kids' unhealthy consumption of technology and media.

In a world where over 80% of 12- to 17- year olds now own a smartphone, parents are searching for ways to pry their kids' eyes from their devices and engage them in real, face-to-face conversation. McKee provides an abundant supply of useful tips and creative ideas to help parents bond with the Smartphone Generation.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Shiloh Run Press
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.19 X 0.25 (inches)
ISBN: 1634097076
ISBN-13: 9781634097079

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In 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid, author Jonathan McKee offers just the help you need to have meaningful interaction with your kids instead of always overreacting to their unhealthy consumption of technology and media. In a world where over 80 percent of 12- to 17-year-olds now own a smartphone, parents are searching for ways to pry their kids’ eyes from their devices and engage them in real, face-to-face conversation. Mckee--drawing from his 20-plus years of experience working with teenagers, studying youth culture, and raising three teens of his own--provides an abundant supply of useful tips and creative ideas to help you bond with the Smartphone Generation.

Author Bio

Jonathan McKee is an expert on youth culture and the author of more than twenty books, including If I Had a Parenting Do Over; 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone-Obsessed Kid; The Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide for Teenagers; and The Guy’s Guide to God, Girls, and the Phone in Your Pocket. He has over twenty years of youth-ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide. For more from Jonathan, go to TheSource4Parents.com or follow him on Twitter.com/InJonathansHead.



 

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"In a world where most parents feel frustrated by their kids' enslavement to social media and technology, Jonathan provides plenty of practical ideas to help parents create a climate of communication where kids actually put their phones down and engage in meaningful conversation."
—Doug Fields, author of more than 50 books including 7 Ways to Be Her Hero

"If you’re tired of being upstaged by a small rectangle made of glass and plastic, Jonathan McKee has the advice you need! Whether your pre-teen can’t stop watching YouTube clips or Netflix or you're worried your older teen's most meaningful social interaction is with avatars on his phone or tablet, this book is a much-needed lifeline. Jonathan McKee also offers wise counsel for a variety of tough tech situations, and his suggestions are both innovative and completely doable." 
—Shaunti Feldhahn, Social Researcher, National Speaker, and Bestselling Author of For Parents Only

"Jonathan McKee understands kids and this culture like few people I know. He is also passionate about helping parents find meaningful connection times with their kids. There are opportunities to engage, connect, and bond deeper on every page. The bonus questions at the end of every connection topic are easy to get parents and kids talking and sharing life. I highly recommend this book."
—Jim Burns, PhD
President, HomeWord 
Author of The Purity Code and Teaching Your Children Healthy Sexuality

"Ya gotta love a guy who, speaking from a thoroughly researched standpoint plus personal experience teaching parenting workshops and herding teens (but heaven forbid, not simultaneously), understands the magical powers of cookie dough in drawing polar opposite fam members together in a kitchen and opening up conversation. There’s nothing not to love about this book."
—Debora M. Coty, humorist, speaker, award-winning author of numerous inspirational books including Too Blessed to be Stressed

"52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone-Obsessed Kid may have been written for parents, but it's a must-read for all of us. Thankfully, Jonathan McKee doesn't offer a hopeless message that all is lost unless we destroy our smartphones and turn our backs on technology. Instead, he gives us simple, memorable ways we can use our devices to strengthen our relationships instead of letting our tech toys run the family show. I'll be giving copies to my kids who are raising my grands in our wired-up world."
—Shellie Rushing Tomlinson, author of Heart Wide Open

"If you're tired of seeing just the top of your kid's head bent over a smartphone, Jonathan McKee's new book, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone-Obsessed Kid, was written for you. . .and me. . .as he challenges parents (and grandparents) to examine the example we provide and encourages us we are not powerless to change the tide. . .This book is one I'll buy for my adult children as well, as my grandsons are on the journey into a world very different than the one in which I raised my sons. Jonathan's book is long overdue. "
—Deb DeArmond, author of Don't Go to Bed Angry. Stay Up and Fight!

"Jonathan McKee has done it again! He’s provided a timely tool for any parent looking to understand their children better in an increasingly technological age. Jonathan’s candidness about his experiences with his own kids and the practical tips, questions, and research he’s provided are bound to give any parent who reads this book the tools they have been looking for to connect with their kids on a deeper level. This book definitely has me thinking about how to create a climate of conversation with my own kids. So put down your smartphone and pick up this book!"
—Magdalene John, Co-Host, "100 Huntley Street"

"I regularly find that parents want help but don’t know where to find the good stuff. So much parenting advice is fear-based and impractical. But Jonathan’s gift to us is that he writes to parents from the intersection of hopeful parenting and practical ideas." 
—Mark Oestreicher, Author of Many Books, including A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Teenage Brains and Understanding Your Young Teen

"Jonathan gives every parent a set of strategies to navigate the smartphone battlefield. 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid provides you with three wins: connect with your kids in the on-line world they know and love, steer your whole family away from damaging habits, and become an informed model of proper technology use."
—Hettie Brittz, author of (un)Natural Mom - why you are the perfect mom for your kids

"Jonathan McKee has done it again! In 52 Ways to Connect with your Smartphone Obsessed Kid, he has given parents a roadmap for relationship success with their kids. Jonathan shares important research on the overuse of screens and devices while combining his love of teens, respect for parents, and easy humor in each practical scenario offered to solve this universal challenge. A winning combination!"
—Carrie Abbott, President The Legacy Institute, Radio Host, Speaker and Author

"As someone who speaks professionally to companies about managing distractions in a constantly connected workplace, I'm continuously asked for a resource from people on how to handle these issues with their kids. Jonathan's book is the resource I've been seeking for years. Not only will I recommend it, but I plan to adopt many of the strategies when I walk through the threshold of my home."
—Curt Steinhorst, National Speaker, President, Promentum Group

"Parents’ concerns about their kids’ screen use often lead to anxiety-based control through contracts, apps, and filters. The result is usually alienated kids who haven’t learned self-control. Jonathan McKee will inspire and equip you with practical tools to build connection and influence with your kids, as you guide them toward true responsibility and wisdom with their cell phones and screens."
—Lynne Jackson, Co-Founder of Connected Families and Coauthor of Discipline that Connects with Your Child's Heart

"Jonathan McKee has written a stunning compilation of knowledge and information on the electronic world. It’s an especially eye-opening experience for parents who might not be as "tech-savvy" as their children. It’s packed with great ideas to turn what could be possibly dangerous issues into positive situations and solutions. An excellent resource for every parent!"
—Rick Johnson, Bestselling Author of 10 Things Great Dads Do, That’s My Son, and Better Dads Stronger Sons

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  1. Barb
    Newburgh, IN
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    Great and Timely Advice for Parents of Teens
    July 20, 2016
    Barb
    Newburgh, IN
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
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    I normally do not like to review non-fiction books, but when I was asked to review this book, "52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid", I thought the topic was so relevant in today's society that I decided to read the book. Jonathan McKee is a writer, speaker, the president of The Source for Youth Ministry, married and the father of three.

    I found that his advice on dealing with the non-communicative teenagers of today was on the mark. His recommendations on getting your kids to talk to YOU instead of texting away to their friends were easy to do and also fair. Although all of these methods will not work for everyone's children, at least some are worth a try. My children and their spouses are glued to their screens also and I'm tempted to try some of these methods out on them when they come to visit. How much fun is it to sit in a room full of adults who are watching their phone screens and their thumbs are doing the texting dance. We end up watching them play on their phones. Not fun for the older folks, I can tell you. If you can try to nip this behavior in the bud it may have a great effect in the long run. Although my kids are grown, my sister has two teenagers and I am going to make sure that she reads this book.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
  2. Laura Shuck
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    July 20, 2016
    Laura Shuck
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    Absolutely love this book! Writing practical tips and ideas from a wealth of experience and wisdom, McKee shares some really great ideas on how to connect to children/teens for parents, grandparents, youth workers..well, just about anybody! Further, these tips aren't just for the younger generations; there are some great communication and connnecting skills, that once learned, will open up some great experiences. My personal favorites are The House to "Hang"; The Safe Source; A New Perspective of Back Talk and The Mani-Pedi. Each chapter includes Questions to Ponder for personal reflection.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
  3. Amy B
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    July 19, 2016
    Amy B
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    This book is chock full of practical ideas to bring back face to face conversations instead of communication through a screen of some sort. We live in a world where everything happens on a small screen. This book came along at the right time for me to regain control over my "smartphone obsessed kids". The suggestions are concrete, practical, easy to put into practice ideas, not general or vague concepts. Sprinkled with personal experiences, the book is easy and fun to read.

    I was given a free copy of the book by Barbour Publishing in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
  4. Kimora
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    July 18, 2016
    Kimora
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    I really enjoyed reading this book. It provided some helpful tips in engaging conversation starters for parents with their children. A couple of my favorite topics were the No-Tech Tuesday or No tech at the Table. It is something we usually don't practice, but I see how it can help. Although my children do not have their own phones, the will pick up ours and even have their own apps on each of our phones they use whenever they use them. They also have laptops and gaming systems they use just as much. I look forward to implementing a few of the suggestions in this book into our day routines NOW, especially now that school will be starting back.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing in exchange for my hones review.
  5. Johnnie Lu Stephens
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    52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid
    July 17, 2016
    Johnnie Lu Stephens
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
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    As a high school substitute teacher, I know all too well how difficult it is to engage students in classrooms that allow smartphones. As a mom of a 20-something, I wish I had had this book years ago. The author himself has three smartphone obsessed teens and has found all of these ideas to work, if not in his house, with others. He feels it is vital we notice our kids (which means we have to take time off from using our devices as well), teach them to be tech enabled, but not tech dependent, and ask questions which encourage dialogue with them, not monologue. In the back of the book he provides questions for good conversation in each of the 52 venues, as well as sources for further information. One of my favorite ideas is "No Tech Tuesday". I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
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