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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.
Arelene 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.
Reading the book, Growing Up Social by Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane made me re-think about how my daughters are growing up. There are a lot of key points in the book which made me think how technology is affecting my daughters.
For example, my 6 year old daughter loves watching game plays and playing games in the computer. I noticed how she's now easily angered. I believe that the game plays she's watching and the games she's playing is affecting how she acts and how she controls her anger. The Growing Up Social Book made me confirm to myself what I'm already aware of and made me more strict in what my 6 year old daughter watches.
Another point in the book was teaching kids appreciation. My daughters like to say I want this and I want that when we're out. My hubby, is a bit stricter than me, and when my daughters get two things they wanted to buy, he'll let them decide which one they like more and he lets them return the other thing/s they got. I, on the other hand, let my daughters get what they want as long as the price is reasonable or if the items are on sale (if hubby isn't there because if he is, he wouldn't allow that). I knew deep inside that they shouldn't be getting everything they want but there's this conflict that I want them to be happy too. After reading the book, I immediately thought how hubby handles buying toys for my daughters. I think what he's doing is more suitable so that my daughters would learn appreciation.
There are a lot more key points in the book which are very helpful in raising my daughters in this increasing technology age. I loved reading the book and each of the chapter of the book made me re-think and reflect on how I can raise my daughters detached from their gadgets and more into what's important.. Enjoying family time, their personalities and how they interact with other people as they grow up.
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