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- Published on Monday, 25 July 2011 00:12
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Book : Plugged-In Parenting: How to Raise Media-Savvy Kids with Love, Not War
There is a book that I loved called Plugged-In Parenting by Bob Waliszewski sent to me from Tyndale House Publishers.
This book is split up into three sections:
* Deciding Where You Stand as a Parent - talking about if stress is necessary, answering your child's objections...
* Making Rules Without Making Enemies - basically, making the rules that will not make enemies. How you can get your family together without your family getting mad at you. He adds a chapter 'Ten Things You Can Do TO End Fights Over Family Entertainment - a chapter that gave me some great ideas!)
*Keeping the Peace and Passing it on - Getting technology on your side and reaching out to families i.e. maintaining it and sharing it with others.
The book is to show how parenting is today with technology, movies, music and t.v. He gives advice on raising children with the media around them and in the book he uses Bible verses to remind we , the people of God's view of what we hear, see and more.
In the book, there was one part that bothered me a little bit. The part where he talks about going to PG-13 and/or R rated movies , where he has seen parents bring their young kids, including toddlers around the ages 4 or 5. I agree with him that parents shouldn't do this but as a parent, getting a babysitter is what we need to do and as a parent, I find it hard to trust babysitters since you hear a lot of negative things thanks to the media. I had a good babysitter but she sadly passed away.
The thing is, when it comes to media, I think there are parents who are a little lenient on what the kids watch or what kinds of video games they play. And there are parents out there who do not pay enough attention to their kids, let them have their own computer in their bedrooms when they are playing violent video games or looking at something they shouldn't be looking at.
And when it comes to t.v., think of 90210 and Gossip Girl, they show drinking is 'okay' when they are in the high school age (I know they are in college now but when they were in high school they were showing, sex and drinking is 'cool' at that age period) and t.v. shows should not be showing that. Back in the 90s, when the first 90210 was on (remember Luke Perry??), sex wasn't shown until the later episodes when they were in college.
I like how the book covers that parents should be aware of the shows kids watch and the music they hear and the games they play.
One songs that I love is Rihanna's S & M , it is a catchy tune but sadly, when it came on the radio my 4 year old started singing to the song. She didn't know what the words meant but as a parent it bothered me that is the type of songs that makes hits and airs on the radio. Talking about sex. And when it comes to kids songs, as a parent, we are sick of hearing 'the wheels on the bus goes round and round' because it gets stuck in our heads forever....So where is the balance? You have to know that as a parent, don't turn on Britney Spears or Rihanna in front of your kids. Turn on music that you like and doesn't talk about sex or more. There are good clean songs out there.
In the book , he gives wonderful advice on typical scenarios that might come up with your child as they get older. I like how the book gives examples, points them out and gives solutions, which helps the reader in these type of situations.
The author also gives examples from the Bible to remind us that God's view on what we hear, see and also engage ourselves in.
I think all parents should have this book on their shelves because when it comes to raising kids, you sometimes forget the simple things that happened when you were a kid, or what your parents did in that type of situation.
This book was wonderfully written and Blythpost.com gives this book a 10 out of 10!
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (June 28, 2011)
Disclosure: Tyndale House Publishers has provided Blythpost.com with a complimentary copy of this book or ARC.