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Product Details

  • Series: Focus on the Family
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Focus on the Family (June 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158997624X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589976245
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #711,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Today’s parents are between a rock and a hard place. They want to protect their kids from the worst of the Internet, TV, movies, video games, and music—but they don’t want to wreck their relationship with their children by always saying “no.” Good thing Bob Waliszewski can show you the why and how of teaching your kids to make wise entertainment choices. Create your Family Entertainment Constitution and start practicing Plugged-In Parenting. (Gary Smalley, Author, Change Your Heart, Change Your Life)

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This is a book that every parent should read!!
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If you want your kids to learn how to effectively deal with today's media bombardment in a Christian way, I highly recommend you read this book.
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After reading this book,I really feel convicted to make some changes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Milk Donor Mama on July 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
Plugged-In Parenting by Bob Waliszewski is a family relationships and parenting book by Focus on the Family and Tyndale House Publishers.

Much of America's culture revolves around media consumption. TV, movies, social networking, music, gaming, it all affects how children perceive the world around them. These outlets often provide our kids with more of an education than the schools or even we ourselves can manage to do in the short amount of time we interact with our kids.

Waliszewski offers parents ways to help kids make choices regarding media consumption that instead of driving them away from parents, will bring them closer together and keep the peace in the family home. He also tells parents who are less than savvy what they should know about their kids' media activities. In addition, he provides examples from the Scripture and relevant social research about teen behavior and risk-taking.

My criticisms of this book would be that it is likely going to be dated very quickly as social media and other forms of entertainment change so rapidly as does the technology with which we consume media. In addition, I think more focus should be on the earlier part of childhood, because if you can nip the consumption of negative media in the bud before it begins (and as your child gets older, explain why), I think that can help. My 4 year old already knows that commercials (the only tv I watch is the news, which is bad enough) want you to buy things.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers and Focus on the Family in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion stated is entirely my own.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Suddarth on May 15, 2012
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As a child, I never understood why my parents cared so much about what music I listened to or the shows I was allowed to watch. Now that I'm a parent myself, I get it.

For me, Bob Waliszewski's Plugged-In Parenting has particular resonance as my wife and I are in the process of creating a playlist of all the music on our computer that is "safe" for our kids' ears. The boys are less than 3 years old, but we've already started to see the impact of media on them. As we've been putting it together, we talk about whether just music with cursing or graphic sexuality is out or if we should exclude any music that has lyrical content that we don't agree with. What's horrifying about it to me is how much of our music doesn't make our cut.

The Twitter² Summary:
Bob Waliszewski's Plugged-In Parenting asks parents if they are plugged-in to what your kids are reading, watching, listening to, viewing online, or playing these days? Or are they plugged-in all the time while you are tuned out? Waliszewski hopes it is the former.

The Low-down:
Bob Waliszewski is the director of Plugged In Online, a site that covers current media with reviews and other tools for parents. His book, Plugged In Parenting, attempts to help parents chart a course of media discernment. What I most appreciate about Waliszewski's book is that it doesn't present media as inherently evil. Sadly, this is rare in current discussions of media by many Christians.

Waliszewski divides Plugged In Parenting into three sections: 1-Deciding Where you Stand as a Parent, 2-Making Rules without Making Enemies, and 3-Keeping the Peace and Passing it On. The overarching principles that Waliszewski focuses on are easily applicable for parents to use in guiding their day-to-day decisions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KMiller on July 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
Plugged-In Parenting by Bob Waliszewski is a guide for parents as they aid and advise their children in their media choices. The book contains three main sections: 1) Deciding Where you Stand as a Parent, 2) Making Rules without Making Enemies, and 3) Keeping the Peace and Passing it On. Each section is full of real life stories and of families who have encountered trials or victories with media.

I was interested in reading this book because I thought its focus would be on parenting. After reading it, I feel like the focus is less on the parenting aspect and more on how to be media savvy. The book talks a lot about how children and young adults interact with media which is relevant for parents but I think I would have enjoyed it more had there been more emphasis on the parenting side of things and less focus on the pitfalls of media.

Plugged-In Parenting is best for parents a bit farther along that our family. It was interesting to read Mr. Waliszewski's thoughts and suggestions regarding media. After reading this book I think there is definitely a lot to consider around this topic and I think that this is an area where there is no one way to do it right. Different families are going to come to different conclusions about what works for them and their children. There are some black and whites here but there are also a lot of greys.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale as part of the Tyndale Blog Network. I was not required to write a positive review.
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By Laura on November 3, 2013
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This book had more to say about parenting than computers but was well presented. It spoke more theory than application. The applicable advice gave tools to my parenting tool chest to be helpful at a later date and reinvigorated my zeal for not underestimating the influence media can have, especially during developmental years. This book complimented many other Focus on the family parenting books and covered subjects rarely spoken about. Focus on the Family typically has something insightful to say. Glad I read it.
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