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Do Yourself (and Your Kids) a Favor.Read This Book

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Do Yourself (and Your Kids) a Favor.Read This Book

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Do yourself (and your kids) a favor...read this book

Yes, it's cute when babies and toddlers poke their fingers at your iPad and laugh at the flashing images. But we've learned that screen time can alter young kids' brain growth in ways that could be harmful.

And "educational" games and "learning" apps that promise to teach a child to speak and read faster are actually a poor route to learning language and reading.

In her eye-opening book, The Big Disconnect, Catherine SteinerAdair, EdD explains the ways in which technology and media influence children's development from infancy through adolescence. It addresses areas that concern us-and alerts us to others we may not be aware of.

Dr. Steiner-Adair talks about how technology has connected us and changed our lives in positive ways. But she also shows that the digital life we take for granted is profoundly changing childhood and family dynamics.

The author tells us how kids really grow and learn, what they need from their parents at every age-and she provides practical ideas for what we can do to provide this for them. …

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