Growing Up Social – Book Review

Growing Up Social: 
Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World 

By Gary D Chapman and Arlene Pellicane 
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First Person
Two points of view
241 Pages 

About the book: 
(From the backcover) 

In this digital age, children are spending more and more time interacting with a screen rather than a parent. Technology has the potential to add value to our families, but it can also erode a sense of togetherness and hinder a child’s emotional growth. In Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World, you’ll learn how to take back your home from an over-dependence on screens. Discover the five A+ skills needed to give your child the relational edge in a screen-driven world: affection, appreciation, anger management, apology, and attention. Today’s screens aren’t just in our living rooms; they are in our pockets. Now is the time to equip your child to live with screen time, notfor screen time. Constant entertainment is not the goal of childhood. No phone, tablet, or gaming device can teach your child how to have healthy relationships; only you can. Growing Up Social will help you:

Equip your child to be relational rich in a digital worldReplace mindless screen time with meaningful family timeEstablish simple boundaries that make a huge differenceRead what’s working for the screen savvy family down the streetPrepare your child to succeed down the road in relationships and lifeLearn healthy ways to occupy your child while you get things done

Why I choose this book:

I find this subject to be interesting. My parents have been what many people consider strict with our use of technology (no TV, Facebook only for those of us who need it for work, no cell phone’s until we’re twenty, etc…), and yet it’s a huge part of my life as a writer. 
Plus, I appreciate Gary Chapman’s work on the Five Love Languages.

What I thought:
Y’all, I have decided that I miss the most obvious things while picking out a book to read. I seriously didn’t realize this book would be so much about child raising. I know, I know, duh. I thought it would focus mainly on how to raise kids in regards to using technology. Instead it talked about raising kids in general, in a screen-filled world. 
There were different studies, lots of well-thought out and researched information, real-life experiences and much more. They also had suggestions of how use technology to your advantage while making sure it doesn’t control your life. 
It was easy to read and surprisingly enjoyable. I found myself very intrigued and wanting to read more each day. It also helped me take better note of how I’m spending my time and how much I’ve dedicated to “screen-time”. Now that I’m more aware of how I’ve wasted time on my phone, computer, the internet, etc… I am working at making better choices. 

It was pretty cool for me to read this book while I was in Africa taking a two week break from computer, internet, texting and phone calls (with the exception of talking to my mom for a few minutes on her birthday). Plus, I was a little bit surprised to see how many of the ideas they talked about that I already put into practice (such as having one or two days a week with no internet or computer). 
Even though this book wasn’t exactly written for people at my place in life, I really, really enjoyed it and learned a lot from it. I would recommend it strongly. There’s probably something I didn’t agree with, but nothing comes to mind right now. 


I’m giving it five stars.

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for this review.

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