Growing Up Social

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51D5KwBDGAL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World
Written by Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane
Published by Northfield Publishing
New Edition edition (September 1, 2014)
240 pages
Website | Book Trailer

Is technology bringing your family closer together, or is it driving your family farther apart? – Introduction

Wow! If I was to answer honestly, I think I would be scared of that answer. The truth is, while there are so many wonderful things about technology, there are also so many not-so-wonderful things about it as well. I am so glad to read this book that addresses the issues of how we can help our kids grow up in this generation that is so dependent on screens for entertainment, for education, for friendships, and more. It is not all bad, of course, but there needs to be balance and limits. My favorite things in the book are the Parent Resources and the Discussion Guides for every chapter.

GUS-1250More than straight A’s, strong moral character will predict your child’s success as he or she grows into an adult. – p.31

Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane share stories from their own life and the experience they have with their kids and screens. They will guide readers in making positive changes to help families become “social” again in this “social” media world. Chapman and Pellicane share the five A+ skills that every child needs to develop to be relational: affection, appreciation, anger management, apology, and attention. There is a Screen-Safe Family Pledge which I think is super important for all families to have, especially in this time of cyberbullying and how fast things go viral.

There is a lot of food for thought in Growing Up Social. I think it can also help lots of parents figure out how and when to spend their time online or in front a screen.

PastedGraphic-2Gary Chapman- author, speaker, and counselor—has a passion for people and for helping them form lasting relationships. He is the bestselling author of The 5 Love Languages series and the director of Marriage and Family Life Consultants, Inc. Gary travels the world presenting seminars, and his radio programs air on more than 400 stations. For more information, visit

PastedGraphic-1 Arlene Pellicane- is a speaker and author of 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Wife and 31 Days to a Happy Husband. She has been featured on The Today Show, The 700 Club, and Family Life Today and formerly served as the associate producer for Turning Point Television with Dr. David Jeremiah. Arlene lives in Southern California with her husband, James, and their three children. Find out more at

One lucky reader will win a copy of the book Growing Up Social. Giveaway ends Wednesday, November 26th. (Giveaway open to US residents ONLY. If you have been a winner of one of our giveaways in the last 30 days, you are not eligible for this giveaway.)

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Other reviews of Growing Up Social:
Barnes & Noble
Family Christian

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One thought on “Growing Up Social

  1. Social media can help us stay connected, especially over long distances. However, as with most things, it needs to be used in moderation and we still need to be present (physically and emotionally) to the people who are closest to us and who live in our immediate vicinity.

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