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
I was given this book for Christmas and with children approaching an age where they are becoming more familiar with technology, I thought I should read it straight away. It was immensely helpful. Written by Gary Chapman (of Five Love Languages fame) he relates a lot to the social (or anti-social) effects of technology. What I found was that it challenged me on my use of technology and the effects on my children, as much as it did on thinking through the implications of their use of it. Which reminds me... I think I should read it again, before I slip into old habits! I recommend it.
There are some useful tips on tackling screen addiction among children and parents in this book, but it owes more to psychology than to the Bible. The Bible is only quoted three times (all on one page). As a result it puts behaviour modification before heart change.
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