Screens and Teens

Hello family and friends,

I know it has been a while since I wrote a blog post.  Honestly, I have wanted to but I would always get distracted from sitting down and doing it.    For those of you that know me, I am not a procrastinator.  However, I have been procrastinating with my writing.  Honestly, as I am typing this, I am realizing that Satan has been trying to distract me and keep me too busy to share.  Well, now that I am aware of his tactics, I will definitely put my writing a priority again.  In fact, I have recently felt like God asking me to take a bolder step in my writing!

I love to read Christian books that help me grow as a Christian woman, as a mother and it has truly become a passion of mine.  I have referred to some of these books in my previous blogs and shared with you their nuggets of truth.  However, it was not consistent and sometimes, there were months in between blog posts.  So, my step of faith is to consistently write one book recommendation a month with weekly truths from that book!  I am super excited about this new goal and want to get started with my first recommendation!

Since September will be here in 3 days, I will make this my September Book Recommendation:

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I just started this book a couple of days ago and I cannot put it down- I am over half way done with it!  It is called Teens and Screens: Connecting With Our Kids In A Wireless World by Kathy Koch.  Now, some of you may only have small children and think that this book would not apply to you.  Before you dismiss this, let me say that all kids are growing up in this very technological world and young preschool kids already have their own screens (ipads, ipad minis, chrome book, home computer…)  that they play games on regularly. So, I think this book has lots of truth for any parent whose child uses technology no matter what their age.

Today, I am just going to say one thing about the book and I will share more next week.   First of all, I love the premise of the book- Connecting With Our Kids In A Wireless World!  Connection is the key to any good relationship!!  Here is a quote from the book, “Screens are part of our lives, and they’re here to stay.  But we long for deep connection with the teens we love.  And that means making sure we give our relationships their rightful priority and connect face-to-face.”  I love this because it requires us to be intentional with our kids!

In this book, she does not paint technology to be all bad or all good; she shares both the positives and negatives.  She also shares our kids’ core needs and how they relate to technology.  She shares truths about today’s teens and she offers some great ideas and examples for connection with your child.  Lastly she ends the book sharing 5 lies that are influencing our kids and then 5 truths that we need to share with our kids!

I highly recommend this book!  I look forward to sharing more with you!

Love, Jodi

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