Magazine article Work & Family Life

Raising Well-Adjusted Kids in an Age of 'Instant Everything'

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Raising Well-Adjusted Kids in an Age of 'Instant Everything'

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What with texting, e-mail, instant messaging, gaming and online commerce, our kids' world is one of constant electronic interactions through which they have instant access to everything from information to merchandise to other people.

Generation Text, an important new book by psychologist Michael Osit, Ph.D., examines the ways in which children's identities are shaped by the world around them.

Yes, things change in every generation but, as Dr. Osit says, "The magnitude of your kids' exposure to attitude, values and behavior that compete with your notion of what is appropriate and healthy for them is a far greater force than any other generation has experienced."

This book addresses the question: "How can parents mitigate the negative impact of technology and capitalize on its positive influences?"

Dr. Osit explains that the nature of communication has had a tremendous impact on the development of children's social skills: for example, how technol- ogy within a finger's reach in tan- dem with child-centric families has redefined the concept of im- mediate gratification for our kids. He offers down-toearth strategies for addressing these and many other issues. …

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