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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

In the Moment: Say No to Toddlers & Smartphones

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My granddaughter was about a year old when she started looking at photos, watching videos and listening to music on her mommy's phone. In fact, by the time she was 2 years old, she could swipe better than I could and knew the ins and outs of the phone's galleries and games. That's why when I became aware of #BabyLove: My Toddler Life, a new children’s picture book by Corine Dehghanpisheh, I had to check it out and share it with my granddaughter, Autumn.

#Babylove is about a curious toddler who loves to play especially when it comes to playing with his mommy’s smartphone. When his mommy discovers him playing with her phone without her permission it's time for a lesson: What matters most is what is going on in life at the moment and to enjoy the love and attention of those around you.

This little book is an easy-to-understand reminder for kids and their parents to put down our phones. When I read the book to Autumn I asked her what she thought about the book and she said, "I think he should play with his mommy's phone. I play with my mommy's phone." 

Hmmm? I think the message was a little lost on my tech-savvy toddler, but they'll be other opportunities to bring it up and read the book again in the future. I've been putting Dehganpisheh's tip to the test and instead of worrying about whether I've captured a moment in a photograph or video and posted to Instagram or Facebook, I have enjoyed every moment.

#BabyLove: My Toddler Life is the second book in Corine’s #BabyLove Book Series. It was released in October 2016. The first book in the series, #BabyLove: My Social Life, won the Next Generation Indie Book Award for Picture Books 0-5.
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