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Generation Text: Raising Well-Adjusted Kids in an Age of Instant Everythingby Michael Osit
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A teenage boy goes shopping on the Internet, sees something he likes, immediately reaches his mother via cell phone, and in a few short keystrokes, types in her credit card number and gets a shiny new lacrosse stick. Thanks to technological advances including computers, the Internet, cell phones, and satellites, todaya (TM)s children are faced with a world markedly more complex - and often distracting - than that of any other preceding generation. Generation Text examines why and how this phenomenon shapes childrena (TM)s values, attitudes, and behavior in a way that is fundamentally different from previous generations...and provides strategies for coping with the particular challenges of growing up in the new millennium.
Parents who want to ensure that their children successfully develop key social skills, a healthy identity, and a strong work ethic need to make the right choices every step of the way. Clinical psychologist Dr. Michael Osit draws on his professional - as well as personal - experiences working with children and teens who have been challenged by unprecedented access to information, possessions, and temptation. Using case studies and examples, the book provides reasonable, down-to-earth strategies listeners can use to address the unique issues faced by children surrounded by infinite choices...and very few limits.
For today's kids, technology such as computers, the Internet, cell phones, and satellites is an assumed presence. Between texting, e-mail, gaming, instant-messaging, and online commerce, their world is one of constant electronic interaction through which they have almost instant access to everything from information to merchandise to other people. In this culture of instant gratification and potential excess, parenting has become a bigger challenge than ever.Generation Text examines the ways in which children's identities are shaped by the world around them?and how, with an absence of meaningful barriers between impulse and the ability to act on them, parents can help children learn to make intelligent choices and manage the potential overload successfully.Dr. Michael Osit, has worked with children and teens for more than thirty years, and has helped families challenged by the new order of access and excess?and the temptations and dangers that go with it. His advice will help you help your children develop key social skills, a healthy identity, and a sense of purpose and accountability. Generation Text provides the sage advice and proven parenting strategies for raising confident, happy, and safe kids who will be fully equipped for their future.
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