Candid Confessions of an Imperfect Parent

Building Relationships, Buying Breakfasts, and Other Secrets for Connecting with Your Teenager

"JONATHAN—IMPERFECT PARENT THAT HE IS— SHOWS YOU HOW TO TRULY CONNECT WITH YOUR KID. HE BRINGS RESEARCH AND EXPERIENCE AND DELIVERS WITH AMAZING STORYTELLING AND HUMOR." — Dr. Kevin Leman, author of Have a New Kid by Friday

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"Jonathan McKee's parenting tips are powerful, thought-provoking, effective, and convicting—yet spiked with such humor and self- effacing sketches that his truths don't shame us for our ineffective parenting. They just make us want to do better. "
-Rick Bundschuh, parent,pastor,author of Deep Like Me

"Jonathan is refreshingly transparent about his own lack of parenting skills. He weaves together his personal stories and those of many others into a tapestry that gives us a clear view of our messed-up world. But he doesn't leave us there. He offers hope, practical help, and encouragement. The good news for any parent is it is never too late to begin a solid relationship with your sons and daughters. "
-Les Christie, author; chairman, Youth Ministry Department, William Jessup University

"Candid Confessions of an Imperfect Parent is one of the most practical, most transparent, and most helpful parenting books I've ever read. As the parent of two teenagers myself, I feel better equipped after reading this book, and I think you will too. Buy a copy for yourself, and a few to give away, because you won't want to loan yours out! "
-Kurt Johnston, pastor to students, Saddleback Church

"Jonathan—imperfect parent that he is—shows you how to truly connect with your kid. He brings research and experience and delivers with amazing storytelling and humor. "
-Dr. Kevin Leman, author of Have a New Kid by Friday

"There is so much guilt that accompanies parenting, particularly if you are a Christian. Jonathan McKee takes the pressure off the pursuit of perfection and leads us to practical insight and hope for building into our kids the best we have to offer. You'll be a better parent after reading this book. I highly recommended it. "
-Mark Matlock, vice president, Youth Specialties; author of Real World Parents and Raising Wise Children

"Every parent should read Candid Confessions of an Imperfect Parent to bridge the communication gap between parents and youth today. Jonathan's practical and easy-to- implement ideas are peppered with humor and common sense, which makes for an enjoyable and quick read. I recommend this book to all parents who would like to build relationships, or improve their relationships, with their teenagers. "
-Al Menconi, author, But It Doesn't Affect Me

"Jonathan McKee is insightful, witty, authentic, and honest. This is a practical and lighthearted book that will help all parents value what's really important in life—a deepening relationship with our kids. I highly recommend this book. "
-Dr. David Olshine, director of Youth Ministry, Family, and Culture, Columbia International University

"The cat's out of the bag: people who write parenting books aren't necessarily the perfect parents they let on to be! Not too many of us are willing to admit that, but Jonathan McKee transparently owns up to his own imperfections and suggests that imperfect parents are actually in the perfect position to become great parents. Jonathan makes his points quickly and illustrates them well with precision and good humor. I will recommend this book—especially to parents who don't like to read parenting books! "
-Wayne Rice, cofounder of Youth Specialties; author of Generation to Generation and Engaging Parents as Allies

In this enlightening and entertaining book, Jonathan McKee shares how to connect with your kids, how to teach lasting values to teenagers in an R-rated world, and how to put parenting blunders behind you.

Jonathan—a parent of three teenagers—gets vulnerable as he draws on his own parenting (mis)adventures and almost twenty years of studying youth culture. Like you, he's not perfect. You'll definitely laugh with him, and you might even laugh at yourself while you learn.

You'll discover how to:
- Notice communication arenas—like the corner booth in your favorite diner—where your kids naturally open up.
- Get from "What's your favorite pizza topping?" to "What's troubling you that you're too scared to talk about?"
- Let them mess up—even big time—and not overreact when you discover, say, how they really talk on Facebook.
- Help them begin to make mature decisions about things like what song to download or what outfit to buy.