Is technology drawing your family together or driving it apart?
In this digital age, children are spending more and more time interacting with a screen and less time playing outside, reading a book, or interacting with a parent. While technology can benefit us, 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 tools you need to make positive changes . . . starting today. Through stories, wit, and wisdom, you’ll discover how to take back your home from an overdependence on screens. Plus, you’ll learn to teach the five A+ skills that every child needs to master: affection, appreciation, anger management, apology, and attention.
Learn how to:
• 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
• Equip your child to be relationally rich in a digital world
• Learn healthy ways to occupy your child while you get things done
Now is the time to equip your child with a healthy involvement with screens and an even healthier involvement with others.
Chapman (The 5 Love Languages) and Pellicane (31 Days to a Happy Husband) team up on a handbook for parents seeking control over the ubiquity of screen technology in their children's lives. The authors are not antiscreen. They are against screen time interfering with social development. ("Studies show increasing numbers of young people who report being shy. Many experts believe this rising number is partially due to the social isolation that comes with being digitally connected.") Their "A+ Method for Relational Kids" involves teaching five skills: affection, appreciation, apology, anger management, and attention. Their writing style is conversational, full of anecdotes from the authors' and others' lives to illustrate their points. Endnotes include information from a wide range of popular magazines, newspapers, reports, and academic journals. This is a practical book. Parents will find a useful review of the stages of social development, a quiz on screen time, and a lengthy set of discussion questions.
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Could have been better
I grabbed this off Audiable to listen to in the car. I finished it with two errand trips around Savannah. I have Degrees in Child Development and Education, and like to get these books every once in a while to “sharpen my skills.” This was worse than reading a textbook. The narrator reminded me of Ben Stein’s monotone voice in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Also, it was weird to hear him read from a female’s letter; imagine Stein saying “I, Aubrey…..”
There were a lot of statistics read and over-informing the readers of the problem. We know kids are too attached to their screens, that’s why we chose this book, we are hoping to get usable advice; which, was nowhere in this book. Don’t get me wrong, advice was given, but it was obviously from someone that does not live with kids.
I have read so many helpful books, and felt this one could have been better. For this reason, I rate Growing Up Social with 2 stars....Beth
Read this book!!!!
A must read for anyone involved with children!!! Our current involvement with screen time is having a negative impact on us all, but especially the next generation. This book explains why is it is so important to take back our ability to relate to one another without the internet!