We live in a very technically dominate age. My boys share a mobile phone, initially I tried to limit the amount of time they spent on electronics but I find that limiting only amounts to endless requests for “when can I use the phone”, “how long until we can use the Xbox”, it honestly drove me crazy. So I changed my ways and gave them unlimited time on these devices when we are relaxing at home (which isn’t very often). By giving them control over when they use electronics I actually find they use them less because it’s no longer some magic forbidden activity, they might spend half an hour on a device but quickly put them down in favour of playing outside. There’s no longer 3 kids sitting around constantly asking and waiting to use their electronics.
Recently I was given the opportunity to review #BabyLove My Toddler Life a book aimed at toddlers and children about using a mobile phone at home. The book is written and illustrated by Corine D.
The book has lovely bright colours that appealed to my 12 month old, 3 year old and even my 7 year old loved it. Both the 3 year old and 7 year old understood the message the book was trying to deliver. In fact my 7 year old said he was going to put his phone down and play – an exact line from the book.
I liked the message that the book sends, rather than projecting a message that time on these devices is bad it says that it’s great to take photos and have fun on your phone, that it’s a great way of creating memories and it is normal in today’s day and age. It also gives a message that it’s also great to put your phone down and live in the moment. This is the kind of message I am hoping to project to my kids through unlimited use of their electronic devices. Electronics are not bad, time spent on electronics is not time wasted but electronics should not control our lives.
This book is great for kids of all ages. In my belief, if kids can learn how to set limits on these devices at a young age then they are setting themselves up for healthy use in the future. This book certainly helps them do that.
About the Author:
Corine’s inspirations for writing and illustrating come from everyday life. When she is not busy being creative, she is most likely having fun taking pictures of her family.
Corine is a Mom’s Choice Awards® Silver Recipient and a Next Generation Indie Author Finalist for her debut children’s book Can We Play Again?. Her inspiration for this book came from her work as a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist in NYC. She is also the author of Buddy’s Dream.
Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of the book to review and a copy of the book for a giveaway.