Growing Up Social Review

 

This book came into my life at the perfect time! In our home we have struggled for the last year to reclaim our lives…to find a way to say enough is enough already and to find a balance in our technology driven lives! Everything in this book hit home with me, especially all of the excuses that we as parents make to keep from dealing with the tough stuff and enforcing stricter limits when it comes to things like ipad, nabi and video game time! It’s a bit of a kick in the pants, honestly! The fact that my child would rather sit and stare at a screen than going outside and building a fort, or playing with the other neighbor kids makes my heart hurt…I have cried many tears trying to figure out what I need to do.  After reading this book I am empowered to make positive changes for my child! No more excuses, no more electronic babysitter!

Growing Up Social has inspired me to teach my children better personal interaction skills, how to limit screen time and reminded me how important it is to make time for family closeness…seeing Mommy glued to a screen the majority of the day isn’t a great help to my cause 😉 I am recommending this book to all of my parents friends/everyone! with similar situations that are wanting to regain that closeness that a family divided by technology seems to lack! I feel like this has given me the boost that I need to stop making those excuses and really start making an effort to rid my family of what I feel are just distractions from what REALLY is important. I honestly feel like this book is an answer to my prayers…it has given me hope that there is life beyond all of this self inflicted mess.

In this digital age, children are spending more and more time interacting with a screen rather than a parent. Technology has the potential to add value to our families, but it can also erode a sense of togetherness and hinder a child’s emotional growth. In Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World, you’ll learn how to take back your home from an over-dependence on screens. Discover the five A+ skills needed to give your child the relational edge in a screen-driven world: affection, appreciation, anger management, apology, and attention. Today’s screens aren’t just in our living rooms; they are in our pockets. Now is the time to equip your child to live with screen time, not for screen time. Constant entertainment is not the goal of childhood. No phone, tablet, or gaming device can teach your child how to have healthy relationships; only you can. Growing Up Social will help you:

  • Equip your child to be relational rich in a digital world
  • Replace mindless screen time with meaningful family time
  • Establish simple boundaries that make a huge difference
  • Read what’s working for the screen savvy family down the street
  • Prepare your child to succeed down the road in relationships and life
  • Learn healthy ways to occupy your child while you get things done
About the authors:
Gary Chapman
Gary Chapman- author, speaker, and counselor—has a passion for people and for helping them form lasting relationships. He is the bestselling author of The 5 Love Languages series and the director of Marriage and Family Life Consultants, Inc. Gary travels the world presenting seminars, and his radio programs air on more than 400 stations.
Arlene Pellicane
Arlene Pellicane– is a speaker and author of 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Wife and 31 Days to a Happy Husband. She has been featured on The Today Show, The 700 Club, and Family Life Today and formerly served as the associate producer for Turning Point Television with Dr. David Jeremiah. Arlene lives in Southern California with her husband, James, and their three children.

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