Raising kids in a digital age comes with a whole new set of difficulties. From managing screen time to monitoring what kids have access to, parenting with screens can be a difficult balance. While screens may be part of our everyday lives, and access to them is more prevalent than ever before, it is important that we remember to put down the electronics and enjoy the hear and now. We all fall into the trap of viewing important events through our screens, since we want to capture every adorable second. Corine Dehghanpisheh’s book #BabyLove: My Toddler Life, reminds us to put down the phones and enjoy the moment!
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#BabyLove: My Toddler Life tells the story of a little boy who loves to play with his mother. They read books and color, all of which his mom captures on her phone. When the little boy finds his mom’s phone on a table, he takes it and starts snapping pictures of himself. After his mom catches him, they look through the photos together and discover that the most precious memories are the times they have spent together.
The inspiration behind the book
I had the opportunity to talk to the author about her motivation behind writing this story and what she hopes parents will take away from it.
What inspired you to write this book?
My life experiences as a mom and aunt mixed with a little imagination inspired this second book in the #BabyLove book series. The ideas for #BabyLove: My Toddler Life came from the interactions that I experienced with my nieces and nephews and smartphones.
Whenever the kids had the opportunity to grab a phone, they would take it and run. Sometimes we caught them. Other times we found hundreds of selfies and videos on our phones left there for our viewing pleasure.
I quickly realized that it’s not only important to find balance with technology but to help kids understand their relationship with it as well.
Why do you think this is an important topic for a children’s book?
The topic of technology, kids, and parenting is important today. Technology, smartphones, tablets, and social media are all a part of most adult’s daily life. It is also important as parents to be aware of their interactions with technology and then realize it’s effects on their kids.
How did you decide to start writing children’s books?
I have always been creative – writing and drawing for as long as I can remember. Writing children’s books is something I always wanted to do. While in grad school, we had a project that included writing and illustrating a children’s book about Art Therapy which was the foundation for my first children’s book Can We Play Again? I enjoyed the process tremendously and continued to create more books. I love it.
Extending the Message
Draw Your Favorite Memories – Using the printable frame, draw some of your favorite memories together. You can also encourage kids to draw things that they would like to do together or an adventure they would like to pretend to go on. You could also create an album of places you would like to go and experiences you would like to have, and then make plans to live them out!
Scrapbook – Put all of those photos to good use! Instead of just keeping all of those photos on your phone, create a family scrapbook together! You can set out papers, art supplies and printed photos and encourage everyone in the family to help. You can have even more fun flipping through the scrapbook together than huddled around a small phone. Plus, you will be making new memories while creating together!
Electronics Time Out – Plan a specific time of day or a few nights each week, where you put all of the electronics into a communal area or basket. This can include phones, tablets, game systems, etc. Have everyone put their electronics into the basket and sit down together to eat a meal, play a game, plan a vacation, or anything else your family enjoys doing.
This is a very cute book with a very important message for kids and parents alike. We could all use a reminder to put the phones down and live our lives without screens. Enter below for a chance to win your own copy of #BabyLove: My Toddler Life!