Ok, this book….woah, what an eye opener this one was! I will talk more about what I thought about it below… But don’t forget to enter the contest to win your own copy!!
About the book:
-Discussion Guides for every chapter (perfect for a bible study!)
Is technology bringing your family closer together or driving you farther apart?
Children today are no longer playing hide-and-seek outside or curling up with a good book—instead they’ve been introduced to a world of constant digital entertainment through television, video games, and mobile devices. And while technology has the potential to add value to our lives and families, it can also erode a sense of togetherness and hinder a child’s emotional and social development.
In Growing Up Social, Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane will empower you with the necessary tools to make positive changes…starting today. Through stories, wit, and wisdom, you’ll discover how to take back your home from an over dependence on screens. Plus, you’ll learn to teach the five A+ skills that every healthy child needs to master: affection, appreciation, anger management, apology, and attention.
•Equip your child to be relationally rich in a digital world
•Replace mindless screen time with meaningful family time
•Establish simple boundaries that make a huge difference
•Discover what’s working for families that have become screen savvy
•Learn healthy ways to occupy your child while you get things done
Now is the time to equip your child to live with screen time, not for screen time. No phone, tablet, or gaming device can teach your child how to have healthy relationships—only you can.
About the authors:
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. For more information, visit 5lovelanguages.com.
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. Find out more at ArlenePellicane.com.
What I thought: Woah… Like I mentioned at the top, this book was a definite eye opener. Right from the beginning there was statistic after statistic mentioned that had me looking at our own households use of screen time. A big thing that they mentioned was eye contact, how important it is and if they are on screens all the time, they don’t learn how to look people in the eye!
What I liked about this book is that the authors gave personal stories along with other stories from people they knew. It made it a little more relatable and I put myself in the shoes of the people mentioned. The chapters in the book each start with a quote and they also have helpful tips written out in boxes that go along with what that chapter is talking about. For example, the first chapter gives ideas on things you can do with your child instead of having them involved in screen time.
At the end of the book there is a quiz to see if your child has too much screen time. There are also discussion group questions that are broken down by chapter.
I do think that parents with kids of all ages should read this book. Sometimes your kids have a screen in front of them more times that you realize!
Check out the website and watch the trailer below!
Don’t forget to enter to win a copy for yourself!! When you are done reading it, pass it on to a friend or tell them about it so they can get their own copy! It is great for a book club or other book gathering!