Wednesday, May 14, 2014


How do you get your teenager talking? Jonathan McKee has the answers, and he has graciously written them down in black and white. The questions you ask teens have been updated from yes or no and single answers to open-ended questions, requiring more conversation.

Questions in McKee’s book are referred to as ‘Conversation Springboards’. The springboards consist of a question, follow-up questions, insight into the question, and quick additions. Let us take a look:

Springboard 30 – Name an accomplishment you are proud of. 
Follow-up Questions: What was the most difficult part of this accomplishment? Describe whether the work was worth the reward. Would you do it again? Why or why not? 
Insight Into the Question: This question gets kids thinking about accomplishments, past and future-and what’s important to them. 
Quick Additons: What is something you would like to accomplish in the future? What would it take to do this? What would you have to do this week? What would you have to do this week? This month? This year? Can I help?

Other interesting springboard questions:
If you were to write a book, what would the title be?
Who has been your favorite teacher, and why?
What’s worse, when someone lies to you or steals from you? Why?

There are a mixture of topics pertaining to, but not limited on school, music, personality, parents, and world issues.  I believe this book is essential to get your teenager engaged in good conversation. From the 180 springboards, there is a topic for everyone to get started. I found this book very informational and tried to answer a few of the questions myself.

I recommend Jonathan McKee’s book to parents, guardians, and anyone wanting to start a conversation with teens. In addition, it is a great book for discussions in a group setting. I received this book from Bethany House Publishers through the Bethany Reviewer Program for an honest and unbiased opinion.

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