Thursday, November 20, 2014

Growing up Social Giveaway

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About the book:

-209 pages
-Parent Resources
-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.

Check out the book trailer here!

Here’s the official website

About the authors:
Gary Chapman- author, speaker, and counselor—has a passion for people and for helping them form lasting relationships. He is the bestselling author of The 5 Love Languages series and the director of Marriage and Family Life Consultants, Inc. Gary travels the world presenting seminars, and his radio programs air on more than 400 stations. For more information, visit
Arelene Pellicane- is a speaker and author of 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Wife and 31 Days to a Happy Husband. She has been featured on The Today Show, The 700 Club, and Family Life Today and formerly served as the associate producer for Turning Point Television with Dr. David Jeremiah. Arlene lives in Southern California with her husband, James, and their three children. Find out more at

How many of you can relate??

My Thoughts:

When I was growing up, the only thing we had as far a technology was an Atari.  Yes, I'm sure I just told my age, but oh well.  It wasn't until I was a teenager and had a job that pagers became so popular.  Before then the only people that had a pager was the really rich, and jobs such as Doctor's.  Around the same time car phones came out and when I say car phone I literally mean car phones.  This was a huge bag that was a phone and it even had a cord on it so it wasn't very convenient to walk around with, you just used it in the car.  But what we didn't have to worry about was a Family sitting at the table and playing with the different types of devices.  We did have a TV in the dining room and that was just enough distraction but even then when it was on it was strictly the news.  Other wise we used this time to talk about our day, and whatever needed to be discussed as a Family.  Now a days you don't even see many Families that sit down to dinner together, more less hear about them talking to one another. 
In this book the Author talks about Pornography then and now.  I am only 38 years old and I remember that if you saw porn it was because someone you knew had it, and you were where you were NOT supposed to be.  But now with the Internet children today can just flat Google search and it is at their fingertips!  I don't speak of the porn lightly because we bought our daughters, (9 and 5) at Christmas, a tablet for their Christmas gift from Santa, because of their age we used our Google accounts to set them up.  At the time we were not even thinking about how we could use the fact of our account to keep track of what the girls were doing, but I am so glad we did it this way.  When I looked back at some of my history we discovered that I had been searching for porn, and watching porn videos on YouTube.  Because I knew I wasn't looking at this and that my oldest daughter shared my Google account I knew exactly what was happening.  Though I realized and found out what was going on, I still was lost on how to handle it.
This Book Growing up Social talks about all of these subjects, and it doesn't just target your kids, it hits home when it tells you as a parent to get off of social media.  Make time for Family and friends, turn the phones off and play a game with your children.   Reading this book was almost like going to church and having the Pastor step on your toes.  You know that you are guilty of some of things and maybe a lot of the things, so how do change.  We start with our-self, and pray that we teach our children the right things to do.  
Want to know more about this book?  I have a copy to send to one LUCKY reader, and I am really excited about it. 

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