Hello, everybody! Our book today is #BabyLove: My Toddler Life by Corine Dehghanpisheh, a sweet story about the importance of balancing screen time and family time.
A little boy and his mommy have lots of fun playing together, and mommy takes lots of pictures with her phone to share with their friends and family. When Mommy is not looking, the boy takes the phone and plays with it, even though he knows he’s not supposed to. Mommy finds him and explains that the phone is not a toy, and while phones can be fun to play with and can record precious memories, it’s important to know when (and by whom) they should be used, and when they should be put aside so that mommies and babies can enjoy each other’s company.
This was a neat book that addresses a pretty modern issue: the balance of children and technology/social media. It can be a difficult balance to find for some families, and every family has different views about what their standards are (while JJ obviously has a sizable internet presence, something her daddy and I discussed and agreed upon before we started our blog, we have friends and family members whose children have virtually no internet presence at all – neither choice is the wrong one, it’s all about what each family is comfortable with). I think this book did a good job of impressing that no matter how big or small an influence social media and technology is in a little one’s childhood, using said technology responsibly, and balancing it with unplugged family time, is important. Otherwise, the simple, colorful illustrations were very cute, the story was a good length for baby bookworms, and JJ liked it. Baby Bookworm approved!