There are parenting books that help you as you figure out ideas of your own. Then there are parenting books that create the ideas, leaving you more time to actually implement them with your children. In other words, there are parenting books, then there are PARENTING BOOKS!
Jonathan McKee has written the latter. He packs this book full of discussion starters, each one complete with a great opening question and followed up with several other questions, so you can keep the conversation going.
But perhaps my favorite part was right at the beginning when McKee shares 5 tips for communicating with your teenager. He shares some simple-to-implement ideas for getting beyond one word answers. As someone who works with teens for a living, I can't tell you how many times I have gone through 5 or 6 questions in less than a minute because they weren't good questions.
This book will not only serve me well in youth ministry, but with 3 kids of my own all getting closer to their teenage years, this will be a book I bring home with me as well. With 180 springboard conversations, you very likely won't have to let your kids know you're using a book, increasing your cool factor in their eyes.
That's right, I just said a Jonathan McKee book will make you cool!
On a serious note, I believe there are very few things more important than good communication between people, but especially within a family. This book is a great tool to help you accomplish just that.
You can check this book out for yourself at Jonathan's site,a great place with lots of parenting helps, or over at Amazon. I'd suggest you do this sooner rather than later.