Tuesday, November 11, 2014

'Growing Up Social' : : The Giveaway

http://www.5lovelanguages.com/resource/growing-up-social/
 
I can't help but be grateful that except for a big ol' bulky black and white TV, there were no screens around when my girls were little.  If you used the word 'screens,' someone was likely to turn around and look at the window to see if there were bugs getting in.

We're talking no DVDs, no streaming, no internet, no smart phones, no tablets. 

Nothing.

Back in the day, if you wanted to watch TV it was, most likely, a family event with 6, maybe 7 channels to choose from.  And if you missed a show, you were out of luck.  Maybe you'd catch it when it came back six months from now.  Or not.

If you wanted to see a movie, you went to the movies.  It was a rarity.

Play a game? Head to the closet and pull out the boxes with crushed cardboard corners held together with scotch tape and rubber bands. Scrabble or Parcheesi or Chutes and Ladders.

Travel for hours in the car? No problem. There was the license plate game {with it's very own Creekside post half a decade ago!}, a bag of books, or a deck of cards to keep you amused.

Times have changed. Let's not go back to the dark ages, but let's not hide our heads in the sand, either. Growing up social means something entirely different than inviting a friend over for a playdate.



 
 
I'm giving away one copy of GROWING UP SOCIAL: RAISING RELATIONAL KIDS IN A SCREEN-DRIVEN WORLD, written by Gary Chapman {of the 5 Love Languages fame} and Arlene Pellicane.  Simply leave a comment on this post by Monday, November 17th at 10 am {eastern} and you'll be in the running.  {US and Canada only, please.}
 
And, well ... if you're not sure you need to read this book, think again.  'Cause you're looking at a screen even as we speak!  And maybe that little guy said it well ... there just might be 'a digital road less traveled.'
 
 
"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):
Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own
and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.
Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

*  sharing this giveaway with Kristen  * 

28 comments:

  1. This book looks fantastic! Thanks for the giveaway, Linda. My son spends way too much time in front of screens. I feel so guilty about it, but am inconsistent with limiting screen time. I find myself wishing for those old days of board games and only a few channels on the TV :). We love board games but still find ourselves on our screens far too often.

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    1. I hear ya, Candace! These boundaries are so very hard to set ... and to live out ourselves! I'm the first one to stand in line to say it!

      We're all in good company on this one. Now to be strong and figure out what truly honors Christ ...

      I'm so glad He cares about all these details, aren't you?

      ;-}

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  2. Oh yay! I love giveaways! And this is a subject that I feel blessed by and cursed by, Linda! I think you know what I mean! I remember back in the day that I wanted to watch The Wonderful World of Disney on Sunday nights but my family was at church on Sunday nights. What I would have given for a VCR or DVD player back then! ha! Love ya!

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    1. Oh yeah, I remember that whole season where we HAD TO be in church every time the door opened. Sigh. I'm grateful for redemption, for this season of freedom and grace and a real anticipation of worshipping with others ...

      Go grab yourself a Disney movie, girl! You deserve it!

      ;-}

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  3. Hi Linda! Oooh. My son-in-law loves Gary Chapman. I hope I win this book for him :)
    I know what you mean about electronics. My son was completely hooked on the computer and computer games. Sigh. We didn't buy any video game platforms, but he saved his money and bought a Nintendo himself. It's a hard thing to keep at bay.

    I think playing outside and giving the gift of a love of nature is one of the best things we were able to pass along to both of our children. Even my son is getting his daughter outside and to the park a lot. Yay! As we age, comes wisdom, right? (I hope so!)
    I'm off today my friend. God bless you and yours always. See you next week :)
    Ceil

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    1. That's a great angle to come from, Ceil! What can we do, who can we be so that the outdoor life, playing, hiking, running, exploring, and simply BEING in the fresh air becomes our go-to default mode.

      Going there surely brings the kid out in all of us. Now ... to close down the screens, haul ourselves out of the chair, and embrace a healthier perspective that no screen will ever provide!

      ;-}

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  4. Have we forgotten the art of conversation--except on a screen?

    Put my name in the hat, Friend. I spend WAY too much time staring at my electronic gadgets!

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    1. Conversation. Live and in color! Now ain't that a novel idea!

      I'm with you, girl. Life doesn't get better than those deep heart-felt connections that we live out face to face. And as long as we, and our little ones, stay screen-bound, we forfeit hours of that gift each week ...

      Sigh.

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  5. Life was so different back in the day! Kids are smarter because the answer are at their fingertips (I work at a school where 4th graders have smart phones but not running water in their homes)--yet they've lost the art of talking and listening to each other--two skills that are so difficult to teach once a child hits the terrible teens!

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    1. Smart phones but no running water. Oh my.

      Hear that people? Smart phones but no running water.

      What do we do with that? Yikes.

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  6. This age of social media is a double edged sword! My kids act like I've killed their dog if an ipod or screen time gets taken away from them. I actually like it when they ARE grounded just to be able to talk to them without competing with a device of any kind.

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    1. That's FUNNY, Alecia! If they knew that you liked when they were grounded and why ...

      ;-}

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  7. "That little guy"-I love it! :)
    Sadly we do all need to read the book. Probably be best not on a Kindle. ;)

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    1. 'Probably be best not on a Kindle.'

      You guys are cracking me up tonight!!!!

      ;-O

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  8. The other day my wife had to explain to me what an "app" is,and I still don't understand.

    I have made progress, because originally I was calling it an "ape".

    No way I'm getting a smart phone. Not going to use a gadget that's got a higher IQ than me.

    http://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2014/11/respecting-your-spouses-past-sixth.html

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    1. I haven't been able to access my blog administrative page from my smart phone or my tablet recently. It's given me major distress. I'm ready to toss them both.

      AARRGGHH.

      ;-[

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  9. Our kids are limited to what they watch and for how long, but I've seen them pick up bad habits from things they learned on tv.

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    1. I think of all the bad stuff I've picked up along the way from TV ... so I'm not surprised.

      Praying you'll have discernment on what to say 'yes' to.

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  10. Technology can be such a blessing for I love the way it allows us to stay connected, and the ways it has allowed me to connect with so many fabulous people in this online world . . . but oh how I've been seeing how it can be a curse too. I just spent a few days away with my hero and I wish I could say I completely disconnected for those few days. Sounds like a great book Linda. Much love. xoxo

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    1. One of the best things about many retreats these days is that the participants are respectfully requested to leave their devices, screens, and phones at home.

      They're on to something vital, aren't they!

      I love that you were able to have that time away with your man, Beth. You guys so deserve it!

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  11. This book sounds like a must read for parents. I struggle with this everyday. While I refuse to introduce my 6yo to video games (I think many of his friends play them on an iPad, Kindle etc.), my boys watch TV everyday more than I'd like to admit.

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    1. Yea, Yuko, for sure the tube's been an ever-present babysitter as long as it's been around. What did parents do when they needed a spare hour+ before it came on the scene?

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  12. I love that I knew every reference you made in this post! Yay for life experience and growing up when life was easy! Ha! I also loved Beth's comment about The Wonderful World of Disney on Sunday nights! Ahh such goodness in these memories. The book sounds wonderful and what a gift it would make! Thankful for you and this sweet giveaway. Happy weekend to you!

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  13. I hear you, Mary! And don't books make the best gifts ever {hint, hint}!

    After your busy week, I hope that Sabbath rest will be yours in great abundance. Thank you for being here, faithful friend ...

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  14. Sounds like a great book, Linda! Screens have become an integral part of most of our lives, whether we like to think so or not. Thanks for giving away this book. ~Joyce

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    1. Yep, that's for sure! And they're not going away, which is a good thing! Now ... to figure out how to use them so they don't end up owning our souls.

      Thanks for dropping in this morning, Joyce!

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Welcome to the table, friend!

This is where we gather and hang out. I'd love for you to pull up a chair and jump right into the conversation. Or simply say 'hello.'

l'll be dropping in to visit you sometime soon ...

Linda

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