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Who’s Raising the Kids?

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In Who’s Raising our Kids, Linn points to the problem plaguing our children around screen time, and the consumerist-driven world they live within. 

She reiterates that her goal isn’t to make parents feel guilty about this, rather she’s presenting this book to inform parents about how toxic it is for kids to be raised in such a digitized and commercialized society, and how this impacts not only that specific child or family, but society at large. Linn details how multinational corporations are spending billions of dollars, and utilizing seductive strategies  in order to target children with messages to be better consumers, ultimately generating more profit, all the while ignoring the well being of the children and even the larger societal implications. 

She goes on to point out how the same Silicon Valley elites that are pushing this technology on our children, are also the people protecting their own children from this very technology.

She persuasively argues why this is such a problem, and concludes the book with two hopeful chapters providing encouragement on how we can protect our  kids from these harmful societal issues. 

Great read.
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Who's Raising the Kids?
By Susan Linn

Ms. Linn, a Child Psychologist, write here about the dangers facing today's parents of children, both the youngest and older ones, coming from technology.  Specifically from the combination of big tech and companies who are only out to make a profit.

The author cites many examples of how the algorithms used to determine the market for whatever products these companies produce are not usually in the best interest of a child's social, emotional, or physical health.  They are not in adults' best interest either, in fact, but the mature brain at least has more tools to combat these constant bombardments through all of    daily electronics we rely on so heavily; the internet, computers, smart phones, tablets – but most especially toys with built in electronics.  These toys in particular have severe consequences when they strive to replace the human to human interactions and relationships with human to machine dependencies.  A great deal of this harm became apparent during the covid pandemic.

Ms.Linn builds a strong case here.  This is a book that parents of children of all ages should read RIGHT NOW for the sake of the health and safety of their children.
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This book is the latest motivation to our family screen detox. It has been a big eye opener about the hyper commercialization of our kids world from games, to movies, to even schools. This book dives into the specific harm it causes not only our individual kids but also our family unit and society as a whole. It was incredibly interesting and incredibly informing. Who's Raising the Kids  is a wonderful source full of research and studies for anyone who has kids in todays world. I learned so much and was able to not only become more aware but more confident in my choice to be more cautious about our screen time. 

I would like to make it clear that this book in no way shames screen time. It doesn't come off as the boomer aunt who criticizes you when your kids are on their iPad at the family function, instead it takes a lot of the blame from consumers to big tech conglomerates that are creating programs and tech so addictive with little to no regulation. It was refreshing to see the blame not put solely on us as parents.

I recommend this book to any parent with neurotypical kids because it is that important.

Thank you NetGalley for a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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I was really excited to read this book. I have pretty strong feelings about children and screen time. It was nice to read the thorough research to back it in up in Who's Raising the Kids?. It mentioned things I had never even thought of related to marketing and apps. 

However, I found it took a bit too long to get to the actual suggestions. I spent the first 11 chapters just getting sad about the state of our world. I wish the suggestions had been interspersed throughout the chapters. 

Thank you NetGalley for this ARC.
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Who's Raising the Kids is relevant and easy to read. We live in a technological and commercialized society, so I was excited to pick up a parenting book surrounding these topics. I often think about the impact of these things on my kids, and how that will evolve as they grow older. 
As much as parenting is universal, it's also individual, so I always struggle to comment on the content of parenting books as what works for me, may not work for you. However, I think that this book provides pertinent information that is worth a read by anyone involved in raising or caring for children. 
Thank you NetGalley and The New Press for a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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This book is so eye-opening and scary. Susan Lynn has a long career looking out for children from commercialism to games apps TV shows ET see this book is not only informative it’s also interesting. From company to look at our twins as on tap cast flow to companies that directly attack our children’s insecurities. There was so much and here and it made me glad that I raise my kids playing board games and only watching TV shows and movies on DVDs OVCR tapes. That’s not to say my kids were commercial free children, they weren’t they saw what their friends had watch TV at their friends homes and today all like any other young adults. They have smart phones a social presence but they still like doing real world things. There’s no escaping brands in commercialism but this book can give you a big Headstart. If you think you know everything there is to know about raising kids I promise you’re missing something always look out for helpful hints when it comes to being a parent. The biggest enemy of intelligence is thinking you have the most and when it comes to our children it is dangerous to be so egotistical to think you know exactly what you’re doing. It this day of commercialism and extreme screen presents is this book is a great tool to help you navigate this new world we live in. This book should be given out to expectant parents and OB/GYN and midwife clinics I was given this book by Ned Galli and the author and I am leaving this review voluntarily please forgive any mistakes as I am blind and dictate my review but all opinions are definitely my own.
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This is a must-have resource for all parents and care-givers  It is full of great strategies, advice, and easy to implement ideas to help our children thrive. This is one I'll return to again and again. Many thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the advanced copy of the book.
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Just reading the introduction impressed me so much!

The issues brought up when it comes to kids and today's tech world, the good and the bad surrounding them have been well discussed. I really appreciate the contents. It feels like the author and I just have had a wholesome discussion on this topic. I feel you'd feel the same when you read this book!

Easy to read and follow, and most importantly a book which brings up a topic which everyone is concerned about will never be an old topic for discussion. And rightly so, the book in its thirteen short chapters focuses on small to big issues regarding"clickbaits", marketing agendas, the "rewards" we get hooked to, consumerism issues, and most of all how to make the difference we want to make when it comes to our kids. 

I appreciate the extra parts for further reading/references and also the checklist which I find really helpful.

Thank you, The New Press, for the advance reading copy.
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