“Mom, can I play the X-box?” “Mom, can I borrow your phone?” “Mom, can I play my tablet?”
THE BATTLE OVER SCREEN TIME IS REAL AND ISN’T GOING AWAY!
Every parent wants their child to choose relationships over screens. I saw this book and just knew it had to offer me some words of wisdom for this daily battle in my own home.
Gary Chapman and Arelene Pellicane did an excellent job in showing their readers how screen time affects children. As a homeschooling mom, I see it firsthand and am able to limit the time. However, I cannot imagine having 20 kids enter my classroom knowing they have all been on some form of media before they walked into school! I suspected it altered behavior and based on research, it does.
Technology is a great thing, and the authors even discuss that aspect. However, they are not oblivious to the fact that there are kids who would rather walk around a zoo while playing a game on a phone instead of interacting with the animals and their parents. They see the lack of conversation in restaurants.
The authors also know it didn’t start with the kids. Oftentimes, parents are just as addicted as the kids. How many moments are we missing out on? We can disguise our addiction as “work that has to be done,” but we are setting a precedent for our kids.
The facts were clearly stated throughout the pages of this book without being condescending. I never felt like I was ready to shut the book and walk away. If anything, I was encouraged. I was encouraged to know I wasn’t alone in this struggle. I was encouraged to know there were others just like me!
The book is full of ideas of how to limit screen time and encourage those real-life relationships. I appreciated their ideas so that I can try them and adapt them to best fit our family.
Growing Up Social is a book that will be read by many as parents try to navigate through the waters of appropriate amounts of screen time for their children.
I received this book free from Moody Publishers.