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Engaging our kids in meaningful conversations about stuff that matters.
Sounds cool, huh?
It’s more difficult than it sounds, especially in a world where today’s young people are
finding face-to-face conversation a little more difficult
. Parents have to work harder to
pry their kids’ eyes from their devices and make a connection
After a year of researching communication models and
the numerous venues of connection that parents have found effective
, I discovered many of these “connection venues” actually include technology. In fact, many parents have had good luck using what I call
Netflix Binge Bonding
, admitting the fact that kids and adults both love their screen time, and being proactive to spend some of this time together (especially with the growing amount of
Netflix shows families can watch together
That’s what prompted our creation of a brand new FREE resource on our
page, our Netflix Discussions page.
This page was launched just this week. But we launched it with discussion guides (with scripture and questions) for a show that families are already loving and enjoying together—the hit Netflix Original Series,
. We’ll be posting a discussion guide for each episode of this series (we’ve got two episodes posted so far).
We know that Netflix is rapidly becoming a staple source of entertainment in most American homes. And Netflix is expected to
spend $5 billion on original programming
this year alone. So we think a Netflix Discussion page is a prudent addition to our FREE parenting resources we provide.
Take a peek at this page in its infancy
(Note, we also have a
MUSIC DISCUSSIONS page
, helping parents engage in meaningful conversation about current songs)
is the author of over twenty books including the brand new
If I Had a Parenting Do Over
52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid
; The Amazon Best Seller -
The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket
; and youth ministry books like
Ministry By Teenagers
; and the
10-Minute Talks series
. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and
to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites,
. You can follow Jonathan on
, 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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