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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Plugged-In Parenting by Bob Waliszewski

Have you ever had conflicts with your children over what they should watch or listen to?  Have you wondered how to approach the subject of entertainment without driving your children down a road of rebellion?  Focus on the Family has this great website called Plugged In Online.   They review movies, TV programs, videos, video games and music on their site so that parents can review entertainment and know what is appropriate and what is not.  I know that my husband and I have used this site several times before going to see a movie.  It has been a great help!  The director of that website, Bob Waliszewski, is the author of this newest book Plugged-In Parenting.  This book addresses three different areas: Part 1--Deciding Where You Stand as a Parent, Part 2--Making Rules Without Making Enemies, Part 3--Keeping the Peace and Passing it on.  He gives many examples of how corrupt entertainment has affected young people in a negative way, and gives steps you can take to make sure that your family's entertainment is honoring to God.

The author does a great job relating the importance of this subject and how it can affect children of all ages.  I like how he gives ideas of how to approach the subject without making enemies.  If we just enforce the rules without any explanation, we just feed the spirit of rebellion.  It's easy to lay down the law, but much more time consuming to instruct and teach their heart through the Word.  This book was challenging to me and made me think about what I allow in my house for viewing.  I need to have a plan in place now so in the future when we are past watching Curious George and Word World I can make a wise choice in what my little girl should watch.  I would definitely recommend this book.

**I received this free book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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