Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen Driven World.
How is social media influencing the dynamics within your family?
Do digital devices foster closeness or create distance?
While we may all know the right answer, we acknowledge the immense challenge of resisting the pervasive digital era we live in. In a world that is constantly rushing, it becomes incredibly convenient to momentarily occupy a child with a screen, enabling us to attend to household chores, cooking, and the demands of daily life.
But what is the result? In today’s world, children are no longer participating in traditional outdoor games such as hide-and-seek or finding solace in books. Instead, they are constantly exposed to a realm of digital entertainment through television, video games, and social media apps such as Instagram & Tiktok. While technology offers benefits and can enhance our lives and family connections, it also has the potential to diminish feelings of togetherness and hinder a child’s emotional and social development. This isn’t an opinion but has been continually confirmed by studies of children and studies of teens over this past decade.
In the book “Growing Up Social,” Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane provide practical strategies to initiate positive changes starting today. Through relatable stories, humor, and wisdom, the authors empower you to regain control over excessive screen time in your home. Additionally, you will discover how to teach your child the essential A+ skills for healthy growth, including affection, appreciation, anger management, apology, and attention. Equip your child with the capacity to cultivate meaningful relationships in the digital age. Substitute mindless screen usage with valuable family moments. Set reasonable boundaries that can have a significant impact. Though internet accountability tools & social media protection features are good, in this book you can gain insights from families who have successfully found ways to adapted to a technology-driven world. Explore healthy ways to engage your child while fulfilling other responsibilities. Now is the ideal time to equip your child to coexist with technology rather than being consumed by it. Remember, no phone, tablet, or gaming device can instill in your child the significance of nurturing relationships—only you possess that ability.
Highly Recommended for all parents and soon-to-be parents!
Check it out here: Growing Up Social
Gary Chapman is mostly famous for his “5 Love Languages” books. Also highly recommended!