Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction Is Hijacking Our Kids - and How to Break the Trance by Nicholas Kardaras
I'm sure you've heard me talk about this book 100 times already, but it is WORTH IT!
This book is seriously one of the most life changing books I've read. I was so grateful that Collin Kartchner #Save the Kids founder, suggested this book!
As soon as I read the first chapter, and read how my children's brains on tech look like someone on cocaine, I took away ALL electronic devices in my house, and changed all the passwords! I was SO grateful I read that book while my kiddos were still young, so I could make some serious changes, without having a house come completely unglued! I decided then, that I was not going to let my children have a tech addition, and that I wanted to help others realize there is more to life than sitting in front of a "glow screen". It has been over 2 years without their Amazon Fire tablets, or an iPad, I can't even find the charges anymore to charge them! And you know what? My kids don't even ask for them anymore. No more meltdowns when one sibling's Amazon Fire runs out of battery before someone else, no more "he has the cooler games on his", or when I would enforce a time limit-- the complete meltdown that would inevitably happen when time was up... It has been wonderful for our family.
Right when the Covid-19 shut downs started happening in early 2020, I had just finished reading Glow Kids, and just felt so passionate that I wasn't going to let my precious kiddos brains turn into drug brains, and you know what? Those 2 months that my husband was out of work, we spent more time as a family than we had ever spent together before. The memories we made together, just us spending doing good-ole wholesome family recreation, will be memories forever, and our family has been strengthened from that time together. We could have easily have said here are the tablets, have at it, but man am I grateful we took away those tablets when we did!
So far, its the best thing we have ever done in our parenting journey!
One of his quotes in Glow Kids is
"your kid’s brain on Minecraft looks like a brain on drugs."
EEK.. no thanks.
Kardaras will dive into the sociological, psychological, cultural, and economic factors involved in the global tech epidemic with one major goal: to explore the effect all of our wonderful shiny new technology is having on kids.
Glow Kids also includes an opt-out letter and a "quiz" for parents in the back of the book. HIGHLY HIGHLY Recommend!
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Behind Mindful Family Tech
Ali is a mama of 4 cute kiddos, who wants her children and others to know there is a great big world out there, and you'll miss it, if your head is in a screen all the time.