#PutDownThatPhone – A lesson for every new-age mum (Review + Giveaway)

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How often have you checked Facebook on your smartphone while playing with your child? Or looked up from reading to your toddler to check your phone because it beeped? Perhaps let your child watch some more television just because you want to spend some time on Twitter?

As parents in the digital age, we cannot ignore the influence of technology on our lives. And, whether we like it or not, on our children’s lives. It’s there – the smartphones, the i-pads, the kindles and the television. However, we can control it taking over, and children’s author Corine Dehghanpisheh’s latest offering #BabyLove: My Toddler Life was the wake-up call I needed.

When I was asked to review her latest children’s picture book about a curious toddler who loves to play – especially with his mummy’s smartphone – I didn’t know it would resonate with me so much. And send me an important, yet loving message. It was a toddler’s picture book, after all, wasn’t it?

 

Put Down That Phone A Lesson For Every New Age Mum
How wrong I was! Within the colourful pages with lovely illustrations (also by Corine), there is a fun story for toddlers and an important life-lesson for mums. Like you. And me. When Mommy finds her little boy using her phone without her permission, she uses that opportunity as the perfect teaching moment – to remind her son that what matters most in life is time spent together with loved ones, filled with love and attention.

This light-hearted message acts as a simple reminder to us mums as well: Put down our phones.

And on a broader level, switch off the telly. Put away that i-pad or X-box or whatever gadget you are spending more time with than your precious family. As the Mommy in the book reminds her son:

“I love you so much,
Too much to measure.
These moments with you,
I love and treasure.”

Moments spent reading to your children, playing with them, cooking with them, going for walks with them – these are the things they will remember when reflecting on their childhood. And these are the memories you will cherish when they are older.

The book is catchy, and immediately grabs your toddler/ pre-schooler’s attention, as it is narrated in rhyme (Little Man made me read it five times consecutively!!!). Corine’s inspirations (for writing and illustrating) come from everyday life – it’s no wonder then that this little gem is a perfect reflection of our times.

#BabyLove: My Toddler Life is the second book in Corine’s #BabyLove book series. The first – #BabyLove: My Social Life – won the Next Generation Indie Book Award for Picture Books 0-5.

You can buy a copy of the book on Amazon here or enter the giveaway below to win your own copy!

Disclosure: I was given a copy of the book to review and keep; however all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

 

Fancy winning a copy of #BabyLove: My Toddler Life? You could be the lucky one…

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– Entering is simple: all you have to do is like my Facebook page. Yes, that’s it!!!:)

– The giveaway will end on May 2

–  The winner will be notified by email on May 3

– The book will be posted to the winner by the author’s team.

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47 Responses

  1. I think this book sends out a great message, I definitely check my phone far too often. Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza

    • Yes, I’m guilty of it too. It was a wake-up call! Do enter the giveaway to win…

  2. Nice to know that there are children’s books out here that are keeping up with our fast moving world #marvmondays

    • True. It is a book that we mums can also relate to! Thanks for reading…

  3. This has gone straight on my twins’ birthday wish list 🙂 #marvmondays x

  4. My kids have no idea that mobiles are for making phone calls! I wrote a post after seeing some mums just ignore their kids on the school run: it really angers me! #marvmondays

    • Yes, it is SO IMPORTANT to strike a balance when using technology… we often let it take over, but being a bit more mindful about it helps. Thanks for popping over:)
      PS: Not just the school run but even in the playground

  5. This sounds great and you’re so right, we really do need to step away from our phones. When my eldest was born 9 years ago phones were very much still for phones and texts only, how times change and I do believe they’re a curse at times!! Thanks for joining us for #marvmondays x

    • Yes, times have changed and it often does creep into our ‘family time’. I sometimes have to remind myself to just put it aside… and I feel great when I do!

  6. Just popping back from #MarvMondays xx

  7. I love the sound of this book. I sometimes feel so guilty when I’m checking things on my phone too much and we definitely need to be teaching our children that family time is better. One of the reasons I started my blog was to help me get out more so I’d have things to write about. #MarvMondays

  8. I too am guilty of checking my phone (social media/ blog/ whatsapp) more than I should. Even when with my son. I am making a conscious effort to put it aside now, esp when spending time with my son. So the offer to review this book came at the perfect time for me. Thanks for reading and hope you entered the giveaway:)

  9. I love the sound of this book, I’m straight off to enter! #globalblogging

  10. How exciting! #CandidCuddles

  11. Really do love the sound of this book. Sounds like a perfect message to send out. #MarvMondays

  12. I bet this author has a way better way of explaining to her littles that they can not just take her phone compared to how I deal with that. Thanks for linking up to #globalblogging.

  13. This is such a hot button topic with me. Out of my sisters (a whole bunch of friends) and me I’m pretty much the only one who’s never let her kids play with her phone (nor in fact whose kids even showed any interest). We have one iPad in the house and it’s the Man’s. The kids can only use it for homework/research if absolutely necessary. The only reason we’ve got a Wii is because my husband’s family bought us one (to my astonishment/frustration as we are such a back-to-basics family desperately trying to resist the digital onslaught in our house!). You definitely can’t avoid them having it in their lives but I do think the responsibility starts at home. And yes, this mum took facebook and messenger off her phone as she had indeed become phone-checker mum and it was so liberating to take that leap! Thanks for joining #candidcuddles

    • WOW, that is SO ADMIRABLE of you!!! I’m a phone-checker mum too but am now making a conscious effort to not be one! And I do allow my son to watch a lot more telly than I would like him to see (hello, momguilt), but limit him seeing stuff on the phone/ kindle. HUGE pat on the back to you!!! And you’re so right, one can’t avoid the influence of tech in our lives, but the responsibility does start at home.

  14. I’m sure we all do these things from time to time. My daughter loves books, they really calm her. I like the ones with subtle life lessons too 🙂 Thanks for joining us at #GlobalBlogging

  15. This sounds like a book I need to read with my kids. #GuiltyAsCharged #MustTryHarder
    Thanks for sharing with #coolmumclub

  16. Oooo what a lovely post with a really important message. I inwardly groaned when I saw I had a review on a linky to comment on but this was a very pleasant surprise indeed. Thank you. #ablogginggoodtime xx

    • Aww, that’s such a sweet kind comment. Thank you so much. And it is a book with a meaningful message… esp for phone-obsessed mums like me😲

  17. It’s pretty ironic that I read this post while my little boy was playing. Safe to say I’ll be writing my comment then heading off to play with blocks and read a story! #stayclassymama

  18. This looks really good! I have entered the giveaway! 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up to #TriumphantTales, hope to see you back on Tuesday xx

  19. Sounds like a lovely read, and a nice reminder to all of us to put our phones down a bit more! x #CandidCuddles

  20. Blogging has made me guilty of this, but I am trying to work on this – probably why I’m so bad at Instagram lately as I’m cutting down on my phone usage when with Ben and I cant take photos of him if I’m trying to reduce my phone time!
    Thank you for sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back on Tuesday

    • I’m guilty too… and yes, especially after starting to blog…. but am also making a conscious effort to not be on my phone so much when with my little one…

  21. This looks like a great book. I wouldn’t mind gatting a copy. #StayClassyMama

    • The giveaway ends soon… hurry! Glad you liked the review; you’ll will enjoy the book.

  22. Ahhh this sounds like such a good read, and I love the message behind it. It’s easy to get caught up with work too I think. I always feel so liberated after being phone/social media free for a day. Fab review. Thank you for sharing with the #DreamTeam x

    • Thanks for the kind words Annette. And I agree with you, being social media free even for a few hours feels so liberating!

  23. Completely agree with the message in this book. I feel like I normally am quite conscious of when I’m using my phone during family time but sometimes for instance, I’ll take a photo of my son and then see a notification pop up and spend time answering it and then somehow get sucked into Twitter. It’s bad, so I decided to turn off all my notifications, I’ll check them when I check them ; ). Thanks so much for sharing with #StayClassyMama!

    • Turn off all notifications, what a smart idea! Best way to avoid getting tempted to answer all our social media….

  24. what a great message from this book and i completely agree. We have a new timetable with the toddler (as much as you can timetable a toddler) where we have very little electronic contact with anything during the whole day.
    Thanks for linking to #ablogginggoodtime and don’t forget to join us this Thurs.

    • Wow, that’s a nice (although tough at times) time-table… good luck with sticking to it!

  25. I definitely need to read this book! I am awful at checking my phone when my kids should be getting my full attention. I think so many of us are guilty of this though and I like the message this book is trying to share xx #BlogCrush

  26. […] The second win I had was this signed copy of #BabyLove My Toddler Life by Corine Dehghanpisheh, a competition run by Tales From Mamaville. […]

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