There are some parenting books that I just can’t wait to get my hands on. Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World by Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane happens to be one that I’ve had my eye on for a long time now. When Flyby Promotions offered me the chance to review it, I was practically begging to be selected to review it. I’ve been a Gary Chapman fan for a LONG time. I wasn’t let down one bit with this new book either. I have been devouring this book in all of my free time. I have three kids, and all of them have been attached to technology since they were babies.
Despite us having every video game system, a computer for each of the boys, my laptop that I work on, and our TV entertainment center in the living room, I do still strive to keep it to a limit. Our kids go to school online through their computers and also do many online program reviews. They do workbooks once a week, and then the rest of their lessons for the week comes from being online. If I can push them hard enough to get done before the sun goes down or before it gets too late in the day where the mosquitoes will carry us off, I strive to get some time outside with the kids in some form or fashion. There have been quite a few times where I’ve taken lessons outside too just to get away from the screen time.
I Want More For My Kids
In Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World Chapman provides a detailed argument as to why parents should limit the amount of time children (and adults) spend attached to a piece of technology. I found this to be a bit ironic because I have addressed this issue on my blog in my Technology Connection Vs. Family Connection and my Look Up and Create Some IN Person Connection posts. This has been something that has weighed heavily on my mind a lot in the past six months.
I honestly think that may have to do with the fact my kids are getting older, and I am realizing just how many things from my own childhood they are missing out on because they have had their noses glued to some type of screen. I want them to have friendships. I want them to feel the sand through their toes more than once a year. I want them to be able to explore the woods and know what it feels like to make their own trail along the way. I want them to enjoy watching the fine art that God gives us as the sun goes down. I want them to be able to chase fireflies. There is so much more that I want for them too. But they aren’t going to gain those things unless I take them away from the screens.
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