Parent Testimonials and Feedback

Below are some of the many comments from individuals who have attended John’s speaking events. To host John for your next event, please fill out this form, and John will contact you personally to discuss details.


Parent Testimonials

Back in the late 80’s you spoke in Boone, Iowa, on parenting. My wife and I read your newspaper articles, where advice was given on raising children. We were both educators, and retired in 2012, although we continue to substitute teach on occasion, loving young people. On this Mother’s Day we were reflecting upon the impact you had as we successfully raised three children, who are as of today 31, 29, and 27. We give you a great deal of credit for providing a common sense approach, with Christian values, of how to raise our precious gifts from God, our three children. We just wanted you to know the positive effect your words provided. Thank you for helping us navigate the most important role in life we had/have. May your words continue to guide others as you did for us.

Tim from Iowa

We attended one of John’s small-group parent retreats in the Spring of 2019 and it completely changed our family for the better. We had one daughter at the time (who was in the midst of the “terrible” twos), and have since welcomed a second daughter. It is such a relief to no longer be sifting through psychobabble. We watch our friends struggling to potty train 3-year-olds, struggling with children who refuse to sleep in their own rooms, etc., and are so grateful that whenever discipline issues arise in our home, we have tools to get things back on the right track.

A couple from Northwest FL

Thank you SO much for your advice. Things are going much better. A lot of the drama and stress has been cut down and both kids (2 and 15 months) are happier. I have been praying about it and seeking Godly counsel from a mother in my church who parents the “old school” way. I am all for the old-school way that John teaches, and I have seen it work. I am trying to raise my kids that way. I made two lists and put them on the fridge for when I am too tired to remember. One list has the issues we are working on and then the consequences. The other list has important things written down, such as put God and marriage first, use few words, be confident, don’t let kids frustrate you, etc. These lists and the wisdom you have shared have worked. We are still working on my daughter’s (2 yr) attitude problem but a lot of the other issues are clearing up. She is now totally diaper-free and this morning woke up for the first time totally dry. Thank you so much for listening and giving such good advice.


Atlanta Parent Retreat, February 23-24, 2018 - Parent Feedback

Extremely helpful, especially the debunking or exposure of the “experts” by an expert. Revolutionary teaching! Thank you!

I very much enjoyed all the informatin that we received during this retreat. I am looking forward to using all the new tools we learned in our every day life.

I am thankful for your passion for truth. I am grateful for your time and teaching. This is going to change our family.

This has been a very enlightening two-day seminar. I wish we had this information while we were struggling in the process to raise our three kids. We will definitely pass on what we have learned to young couples with kids and maybe to our grandchildren one day.

Friends have recommended this retreat so much, and it has exceeded our expectations. John’s vast experience and brutal honesty is invaluable! I personally learned a lot from his words and easy-to-understand depiction of how we should parent. Thank you!

I wanted actionable insights, and I got them. I’m looking forward to replacing good habits at home.

We found John’s event to be absolutely fantastic. He was very clear and spoke right to the heart of all the parenting issues. The one-on-one problem solving really helped us identify our key issues and helped us understand exactly what we were doing wrong. We are leaving with confidence and unity.

The retreat with John and his books have given me freedom. Every parent can benefit from John and from listening to his counsel with other parents. Thank you!

Atlanta Parent Retreat, February 23-24, 2018 - Parent Coach Trainee Feedback

This weekend has been wonderful, insightful, and fun. I am excited to see how I can move forward to help people. Thank you for bring common sense back to our culture.

I have been so extremely pleased with the 2 1/2 days of training. Thank you for sharing your wisdom with the public.

Atlanta Parent Retreat, February 23-24, 2018 - Parent Coach Trainee Feedback

I enjoyed this weekend seminar very much! I came away with a lot to consider and also some very relevant guidance on specific classroom concerns. I found the parenting advice to be clear and concise, and I look forward to implementing the ideas at home and with our parent community.

You were direct, informative, engaging, approachable, yet no-nonsense. What you have shared with us will be of real practical help to many people, and I can’t wait until the next time we will hopefully be able to invite you back to Full Circle. Thank you for sharing your experience, time, and wisdom with us.

The information was empowering, and I enjoyed hearing things directly. Thanks for blowing my mind. I need the perspective!

Your method is so clear cut, simple, and makes so much sense! You have empowered me to do what I know is right for our family and inspired me to continue this path with even greater effectiveness. I am incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to hear you speak, and I hope to hear you again.

A lot of the language used will be practical for me to use, and I felt empowered to simplify the whole discipline process.

Honest, helpful, and direct presentation that accurately reflects the problems that are created for children by modern day, well-intentioned parents. I wish all of the families we serve could/would attend one of your talks.

I found the discipline tips and strategies to be very helpful. I also believe that they are in-line with many Montessori philosophies.

Of most immediate reaction (and benefit) to me was your empowerment of the adults in the child’s life to simply and confidently clarify roles and responsibilities. Essentially, to cut through the “B.S.” that can often get in the way of meaningful work and correction (in the context of teaching). Thank you for providing provocation and an alternative narrative.

Church of the Savior, Nicholasville, KY, January 21-22, 2018

What a joy it was to host John here at Church of the Savior over these past few days. The numerous positive responses I have already personally heard and the vivid response seen in the number of books sold are a testament to the importance of his ministry. At last count 561+ people heard him speak in his various seminars and close to 1000 people who attended our regular Sunday services heard his important message as well. As youth pastor here at Church of the Savior – and I speak for our Children’s Ministry Director as well – we are excited to see the fruit of his message and teaching over the years as parents put into practice all they have learned this weekend.

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