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Everywhere I look, I see small people completely entranced by screens. In my home, in restaurants, at the ball field. Yes, even at the ball field; usually the siblings of those playing are busy watching a screen instead of the game.
Growing Up Social by Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane addresses how we can raise our kids to be relational, even in a world dominated by screens.
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 Televisionwith Dr. David Jeremiah. Arlene lives in Southern California with her husband, James, and their three children. Find out more at ArlenePellicane.com.
Last year I became very concerned over the amount of time my small people spent in front of screens - television, computer, etc. Over the summer, I instituted a new policy where my small people have to earn their screen time by playing outside and reading books. This book just reinforced to me the importance of limiting screen time for my small people.
I loved that throughout Growing Up Social there are practical ideas given to limit screen time, to cultivate a thankful heart, to foster a love of read, to help our children finish their homework. There is even a sample screen-safe family pledge to help readers put the ideas in the book into action. The chapter on helping our children with anger management gave me great ideas for how to work on my own anger issues as well as teach my small people how to deal with their anger appropriately.
There were also many facts presented that really convicted me to limit screen times for our whole family. One is that workers distracted by email and phone calls suffered a fall in IQ more than twice that found in marijuana smokers! (p.104) Another is that employees of eBay, Google, Apple, Yahoo, Hewlett-Packard all send their children to schools where technology is totally omitted. Bill Gates made his daughters wait until they were 13 before they were permitted to have cellphones. (p.125)
These are just of the gems found in Growing Up Social. You can find out more about the book at the website or watch the trailer. You can also enter below for a chance to win your own copy of Growing Up Social.