About the Book
This is a softcover book with 209 pages, parent resources and 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.
Perfect timing on this book. Things were getting a little too fast paced around here and the kids were spending way to much time “plugged in”. We initiated an “un-plugged” time in our house to try to keep it from happening but as life got busy things had gotten very lenient on occasion and they were spending too much time in front of the TV/computers and not enough time interacting, playing outside or entertaining themselves. This book arrived shortly before our planned vacation. This vacation would be unlike any other we had taken before in that we were going on a cruise ship for 5 day with all the kids. This would be perfect because they would be totally un-plugged for the 5 days. Let me tell you today’s advances are a far cry from life when I was a kid. We had a party phone line that meant we had to share it with all the neighbors so if someone else was on the phone and you picked up the line you didn’t hear a dial tone but their conversation. There were no cell phones, laptops or tablets and the desktops were unlike they are today because they were basically just for programming…we didn’t have internet. The gaming systems, oh the gaming systems. have they ever developed. We have gone from Pong a simple game of square shapes like a rectangle you use to try to stop the bouncing square from going off the screen to today’s game systems. Sometimes I wonder are all these “advances” for the best? Don’t get me wrong technological advances have many advantages but we have to be careful to monitor them with our children and ourselves. I love all the tips that are given throughout and appreciate the way in which it was written so as not to make the reader feel like a failure or belittled in any way but in a helpful and encouraging format. It helps us understand that technology isn’t all bad. Technology is very helpful to us today but it needs to be monitored and we need to help our kids build the five key relational skills that will help them in their lives.
I jumped on the opportunity to read this book because I really like the author, Gary Chapman, and really enjoyed his book The 5 Love Languages. Gary Chapman is an author, speaker and counselor with a passion for people and for helping them form lasting relationships. This book was written as a join effort with Arelene Pellicane a popular speaker and author. She wrote 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Wife and 31 Days to a Happy Husband and she’s been featured on The today Show, the 700 club and Family Life Today. Head over to this website for more information about the book, the authors and where you can buy your copy.
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