We love books in our family, they are a massive part of our daily routine but rightly or wrongly so are phones! We are all guilty of telling our child to hold on a minute while we finish an Instagram post or replying to someone on Facebook. We were very kindly sent a copy of #BabyLove: My Toddler Life by Corine Dehghanpisheh.
The story is based around a little boy and his Mum. The little boy takes his Mums phone and uses it just as he sees her use it; taking photos and having a good old scroll through. His Mum explains to him all about capturing the memories on her phone and they share them together. Then the phone goes away and they play. The beautifully subtle message of this is to put down your phone.
Little Man really enjoyed the story and reading it with me. The illustrations are colourful and really captured his imagination. He even asked if the little boy was him and the Mummy was me! I really liked the message of this book and the fact that it has a lesson for both parent and child. I had a little chat with Corine about why she decided to write about this subject.
Hi Corine, Why did you feel the subject of social media was so important to write
Since social media and technology are such essential tools in society I felt it was important to write about it. I wanted to create a book that would help parents talk to their kids about phones and the importance of balancing the use of devices
Did you write the book from personal experience?
I wrote #BabyLove: My Toddler Life from my experiences as a mom and aunt. I found that kids- toddler age and up want to play with smartphones and tablets all of the time. I realized that part of the reason kids are so curious about the devices is that they see adults using them. Kids learn from each other but they also learn from their parents and other adult behaviours. I know that my own toddler daughter plays with her pretend smartphones. She taps on their screens and talks into them as if they are real. She even wants to carry her phone in her purse, “Just like mommy.” My family happens to use technology a lot as away to communicate with our extended family. We live away from them. So we use FaceTime, social media, and other apps as away of staying in touch and up to date with each other.
What sort of research did you do for the book?
My research was very observational and experience based. Social media and technology is everywhere. I think it’s important to start teaching kids about how to use these tools smartly.
Who is your favourite children’s author?
Right now my favourite children’s book author’s are: Ame Dyckman, Dev Petty, and who doesn’t love Mo Willems?!
Can we look forward to more books from you?
Yes, I am working on a few books right now for 2018.