If I Had a Parenting Do-Over: 7 Vital Changes I'd Make
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Ever wish parenting came with a do-over button? In If I Had a Parenting Do-Over, author and youth culture expert Jonathan McKee offers real, practical help to parents who would rather learn from someone else's firsthand experiences in hopes of circumventing their own parenting flubs. In this book for all parents, but especially for those with teens in the home, Jonathan shares 7 "do-overs" from his own parenting mishaps. Paperback.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Shiloh Run Press
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.16 X 0.25 (inches)
ISBN: 1683220676
ISBN-13: 9781683220671

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Publisher's Description

Ever wish parenting came with a do-over button?

"Here’s where I messed up. . ."
 
Whenever I say those words during my parenting workshops, you can hear a pin drop. Parents are on the edges of their seats.
 
"And here’s what I’d do differently next time. . ." 
 
That’s when every pen in the room begins writing furiously.
 
Let’s face it. Hindsight is 20/20.


If you ever find yourself saying "I wish I had a do-over. . ." You're not alone! Join author and youth culture expert, Jonathan McKee, as he shares from his own personal parenting experiences of raising three kids, while making purposeful, effective tweaks along the way. Delivered with a refreshing blend of humor and vulnerability, the author's candid style and real-world application will equip you with solid, helpful practices you can actually use in your own home. With chapters like "Let It Go," "Press Pause," and "Tip the Scales," McKee provides the honest answers you're seeking as you parent your kids.

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.



 

Editorial Reviews

"Do you ever wish you had a parenting mentor to walk alongside you, share the mistakes they made as a parent, and teach you how to avoid those same pitfalls? Now you do! Jonathan McKee offers timeless wisdom for parents who want to look back on their kids’ childhood someday and honestly say they have no regrets."
 —Jim Daly, President—Focus on the Family

"Every parenting book from Jonathan McKee is a gem, and this one is no exception. Combining his own experience with what other parents have said they wish they had done differently, he clearly presents better ways to lead and connect with your kids, at any age."
—Shaunti Feldhahn, Social Researcher, National Speaker, and Best-Selling Author of For Women Only and For Parents Only

"If I Had a Parenting Do-Over is a challenging and yet hopeful book. Jonathan shares honest examples of how he would "do over" certain elements of his parenting, but also graciously offers positive strategies and suggestions that we all can learn from. As a parent of three kids, I am grateful for Jonathan’s stories, practical tips, and helpful research. This book is a gem."
—Sean McDowell, Ph.D., Biola University professor, speaker, and author of over fifteen books including A New Kind of Apologist

If I Had a Parenting Do-Over is an eye-opening exploration into the parenting practices many of us settle for, only to look back in regret. The 7 vital changes he proposes are insightful, packed with the wisdom that only comes through experience, and grounded in research. I highly recommend this book to any parent." 
—Doug Fields, Author, Creator of IntentionalParenting.com

"I love how Jonathan McKee communicates. This book is practical, hopeful, and absolutely relevant. I have probably spent too much time in my life thinking about how I would have parented our kids differently. This book gave me helpful perspective." 
—Jim Burns, PhD, President, HomeWord, Author of Confident Parenting and Teaching Your Children Healthy Sexuality
 

"Chapters conclude with thoughtful discussion questions, making this book ideal for couples or small-group study. Parents with children of all ages will appreciate this book's relevant advice."

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  1. Zamexico
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent!
    March 15, 2017
    Zamexico
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    As a pastor and missionary for over thirty years, I have taught a number of marriage and parenting classes. I wish I had had this book as part of my teaching repertoire years ago. McKee has filled this book with solid, practical advice that will benefit anyone raising kids.

    Quoting from the chapter titled "Segue", McKee writes: "I was just strict because I thought that would help my kids learn the difference between right and wrong. But soon they grew to the age where they needed to learn how to make moral decisions when Dad and Mom weren't there. How can our kids learn to make these decisions if Mom and Dad keep making decisions for them?" Very. Good. Question! The book is filed with many thought-provoking questions and advice on making the right decisions. I am passing the book along to my daughters and sons-in-law to help them raise my wonderful grandchildren!

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
  2. Terry
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Practical, but Christian?
    February 20, 2017
    Terry
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    If I Had a Parenting Do Over by Jonathan McKee has a great premise - the opportunity to learn from a REAL parent about REAL mistakes they made and how they would do it differently if they had a second chance. The book is written under the operative that hindsight is 20/20. McKee is a trusted author of other books I have read and would heartily endorse. Do Over is also endorsed by Jim Daly from Focus on the Family.

    McKee isolates the top seven changeable areas/issues that he has not only experienced as a parent of three but also heard about in his parenting seminars - circumstances that other parents have said they would have handled differently, in hindsight. Without giving away the seven areas for change (that would be a spoiler!) I will say that McKee provides real-life examples, conversations, and internal monologs that candidly illustrate some do's and don'ts without making parents (the readers) feel uncomfortable, shame, or regret. He then provides some simple "Live It Out" suggestions and questions for parents to consider, so they can apply what they learned and address issues that are cropping up in their own family circumstances.

    At first, I was not a fan of the book, because I am not the type of person who learns much by way of anecdote. I would just prefer straight-forward guidance. However, upon reading the book as a whole I would say there is a decent balance between story-telling, guidance, and application. I also appreciate that McKee includes adjustments and alternatives for different family situations, including single-parent families, adolescents, and families with younger children.

    Overall, I would generally recommend this practical book to any parent looking to make some positive changes to their family relationships. I need to mention, however, that there are very few biblical references in McKee's book - I only found Scripture on 6 pages out of 174 total pages. However, he includes references to Diane Sawyer, Gandhi, Stephen Covey, and The Washington Post. Don't misunderstand me - I realize that the Bible doesn't say anything about Netflix specifically, but I believe the Bible can provide guidance for EVERY area of our lives and we can apply that guidance to situations like watching too much TV. I mention this because this book is billed as a Christian book, endorsed by a Christian organization, and published by a Christian publisher. Just my two cents.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book fromBarbour Publishingand was under no obligation to post a review.
  3. BHoward
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    "If I Had a Parenting Do-Over" is a great resource for parents
    February 14, 2017
    BHoward
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I highly recommend the new book by Jonathan McKee, If I Had a Parenting Do-Over. The title piqued my interest right away. How many times have I thought this myself, if only I could go back and do things differently with MY kids. Jonathan McKee focuses on 7 vital changes to make. In this day when we are often running from one activity to the next, and when so much free time is spent staring at our smartphones and other digital technology, McKee encourages parents to slow down and pay attention to their kids. Just say yes to any opportunity to bond no matter how inconvenient. (p. 26) By the time your kids are tweens or teens, Id go out on a limb and say if they want to hang out with you, say yes every time. (p. 34) Just this suggestion alone has made me pause and reconsider when my own kids ask me to join them in an activity. The years our kids are in our home go by so quickly.

    Every change the author discusses has the potential to make a difference in our relationships with our kids. He talks about letting it go, picking our battles, and postponing our reactions. He writes, the simple act of pressing pause suppresses stupidity. . .We dont have a do-over button, but we do have a pause button. I was impressed by his challenge to segue, to have an end goal in mind and work to decrease our boundaries and limits for our kids over time so that we are helping them to become more independent and to be ready to make good choices when they are older. At the end of each chapter is a list of questions that we can use for our own reflecting or for discussing with a spouse or other parents. After reading this book, I am looking forward to reading other books by this author.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
  4. impy
    Garden Grove, CA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    If I Had A Parenting DO OVER...7 Vital Changes I'd Make
    February 8, 2017
    impy
    Garden Grove, CA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "If I Had A Parenting Do Over" is an excellent book on Parenting. Author, Johnathan McKee is a Youth Culture Specialist, Public Speaker, with over 20 years experience and writes from his own parenting experiences as well as from much research in the youth culture field. He reflects on his past by revealing his mistakes as well as the things that have worked for him successfully as a parent of 3 children. This book is definitely a "How To" Instruction Manual for Parenting!

    In his "7 Vital Changes I'd Make" Chapters, McKee deals with simple to extremely complicated issues you face with children of all ages entrusted to your care. In each chapter, you can find many strategies that "work" through his own wisdom, humor and extreme wealth of resources to meet your parenting challenges. Also, in each chapter, he gives a great deal of information and suggestions that apply to the "tweenteen" through the teen age years and focuses on this age group in each chapter. It's like opening a "treasure chest" and wanting to have all of it for your personal use! Some of the most insightful suggestions that I found extremely helpful were his words of wisdom on"Bonding vs. Boundaries," age limit issues re: technology and also allowing kids to make choices in incremental stages. McKee has much to say about "Real World Rules" which deals with anger and freedom. He discusses at what age should your child be given more freedom and less rules. I really appreciated that Jonathan McKee not only included "Single Parents" in his book, but also addressed their unique circumstances on certain parenting issues. At the end of each chapter are several questions that can be used to discuss with other parents.

    There have been many excellent books written on Parenting, but in all my years of working with parents and their children as a counselor, whether in church or school settings, as well as giving Parenting Workshops, Johnathan McKee's book is by far, the most comprehensive, straight-forward, well researched and resourceful book that I have ever read and "devoured."

    I highly recommend it to be used as a 7-week study course with any parenting group. In addition to recommending this for parents of all ages, I also recommend it to be read and used by anyone who works with children, "tweenteens" through the teen years, whether you are a teacher, youth pastor, sports coach, etc.

    If you want to have a positive influence in making a difference in the life of a young person, then this book is a "Must Read" for you!

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
  5. elesia
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    I wish I had this book when I began parenting
    February 4, 2017
    elesia
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is by far one of the best books I have read on parenting in my twenty years of being a parent. My only regret is that this book was not published sooner. Jonathan McKee gives an insightful and honest look at parenting. He brings to the forefront the very issues we struggle with when trying to be good parents. He is spot on in describing the mistakes we make with our children, while attempting to the best parents for them. This is a book I will be sharing with family and friends who are still parenting. I definitely would recommend this book to all parents, but especially to parents of middle school and teens. It is the tool you and your child will benefit from as you make the vital changes suggested to your parenting style.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
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