Are your kids glued to their screens? Parenting in the Age of Attention Snatchers gives you the tools to teach children, from toddlers to teens, how to gain control of their technology use.
Technology is the future. Will your kids choose wisely? They will if they can, and they can if they build strong, healthy habits of attention now, while their brains develop rapidly.
In life, it's hard to start paying attention to some tasks -- like homework -- and are hard to stop paying attention to others -- like texting. That's because brain activity is distinctly different for these two types of tasks. And, only the hard-to-start kind builds brain pathways crucial for judgment, emotional self-regulation, time and attention management, and other executive functions.
As a parent, you can guide your child to exercise more hard-to-start attention and build these critical brain pathways. Childhood is a window of astonishing, once-in-a-lifetime brain growth. In seven straightforward, evidence-based steps, Lucy Jo Palladino PhD explains how to help kids increase awareness, make good choices about their screentime, and build a better brain.
You'll learn the best practices to guide children at every age, how to distinguish between voluntary and involuntary attention, and what you need to know about brain development and what puts a child at risk for attention disorders. Parenting in the Age of Attention Snatchers puts strategies and tools that work in your hands.
Learn more & read an excerpt.
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What Readers Are Saying ...
I can’t say enough about Lucy Jo Palladino’s new book, Parenting in the Age of Attention Snatchers: A Step-By-Step Guide to Balancing Your Child’s Use of Technology. This book should be in the hands of every parent from infancy to young adulthood. To date, this is the most comprehensive and practical guide for parents on how to help their children from a very young age learn to use their technology as opposed to having it use them. Read more >
- Susan Reynolds
Mother, Teacher, Blogger
Teens and Technology
I found this book to be an incredibly valuable resource. Neither demonizing nor glorifying, Dr. Palladino instead takes a balanced look at the effect technology can have on developing children and provides concrete, actionable recommendations. As I read this book, I found myself making tweaks that have led to positive changes. I’m sure I’ll be returning to it. Highly recommended! Read more>
- Jenna V. Canzoniero, MD
Mother & Physician
Johns Hopkins Medical Center
This seven-step guide helps us focus on priorities, changes of mindsets, challenges, and results. It reduces the stress of the job by clearing expectations and giving tools to kindly cope with the frustration of setbacks.
- José Antonio Lopez
This book is the first and only evidence-based approach I have seen that helps parents decide how to balance the use of technology with the reality of how a child’s brain develops. Thank goodness for Dr. Palladino’s real-life examples and tools for parents, written in readable, engaging style. Her balanced approach gives me hope, and also gives me something solid to recommend to my patients. Read more>
- Julia Cormano, MD, FACOG
Buy it, read it, use it. If you're a parent, teacher, guidance counselor, etc., I cannot recommend this book enough.
What I loved:
1) The advice and information is firmly grounded in science and research.
2) Palladino, the author, has a calm, sane, reasonable approach.
3) I learned, a lot.
4) Suggestions, while aimed at families, are easily adaptable to classrooms, camps, and more.
5) She respects the children.
6) Palladino clearly understands child development and it underpins her advice.
Suggestions given are not one size fits all but each one is broken down by age, how to make it applicable and relevant. Read more>
- Bea’s Book Nook
Review by Bea