Be the Parent, Please Stop Banning Seesaws and Start Banning Snapchat Strategies for Solving the Real Parenting Problems

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Be the Parent, Please: Stop Banning Seesaws and Start Banning Snapchat: Strategies for Solving the Real Parenting Problems, is an informative book written in an engaging style with a common sense approach. The book is neither preachy nor does it take on an anti-technology attitude. The author simply aims to open up a discussion by laying relevant research, anecdotes, and experiences on the table for parent's consideration. I personally believe this is a must-read for most parents in the twenty-first century. Certainly not everyone will agree with everything written in the book, but very few people will not glean something useful from it.

"There are so many forces pushing us to give our kids technology, including the technology companies themselves, our schools, our friends, and the culture at large. It's all happening so fast. One day we are wondering about whether an hour of Sesame Street is a good habit for a two-year old, and the next minute it seems we have adolescents who won't look up from their phones long enough to have a conversation with us."

As a mother of a nearly nine-year old boy, I can relate to the premise that there are many forces pushing us to give our kids too much screen time. In the last year, my son has suddenly insisted that life without a considerable amount of screen time is unfair. I have often found myself wondering how this happened. He went from being happy with 30 minutes on pbs.kids.org games just two years ago, to a kid who whines to have more time than he can or should handle. The arguments that arise with my husband and I and our son over his screen time requests have become exhausting at times.

I appreciated the author's tips peppered throughout the book, as well as the amount of relevant data and anecdotal evidence provided to help me, as a parent, make informed decisions on how to best incorporate technology into my family's daily life. In fact, some of the information provided in this book might just surprise you. I find this is a good thing, because personally, I feel every parent should have relevant facts at their disposal and Naomi Schaefer Riley does an outstanding job of compiling a great deal of information into one comprehensive and useful book.

I would like to mention that I received a copy of this book in a Good Reads giveway, but this did not affect my rating. I have provided an unbiased and honest review.


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