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?
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…
– 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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