#BabyLove: My Toddler Life Book Review

By Dette Zulueta

Recently, I stumbled upon a book that caught my attention, it is Corine Dehghanpisheh's latest book entitled #BabyLove: My Toddler Life. It was a very easy read that features a curious toddler who loves to play with her mom's cellphone. As I go through the pages, I remember how my 2 year-old toddler would also get fascinated and intrigued by my cellphone.

Like most millennial parents, I too encountered the problem of seeing my toddler slowly getting addicted to cellphones or tablets. I was surprised that as young as 2 years old she already knows how to operate these gadgets and even find the app that she wants to use.

Reading #BabyLove: My Toddler Life, that tackles a very timely parenting concern, made me realize 3 things:

1. Catching our child using our cellphone is a perfect time to teach and not to reprimand. Mothers may get so paranoid to the extent that they reprimand their children for using the gadgets, but in fact it can also be a great teaching moment for the parents on the correct use of gadgets. It may also serve as a starting point to teach young children self-control and discipline.

2. Teaching by example specifically putting down our cellphones whenever we are with our children is a good way to help them realize that what matters the most is quality time spent with family. If our children always see us disconnecting from the real world simply because we are so engrossed using our cellphones and tablets, it will be hard for them to get the idea of family bonding and connecting in reality.

3. Playing with our children is the best way to bond and to keep them distracted from gadgets. Gadgets should not be used to "baby sit" our children. Playing with them is the best way to connect with them. It will surely give them good memories of their childhood.

Overall, I thought this book would be a good story book for my child that may be a good reference to teach her about cellphones. However, it actually struck me in a deeper level as it reminded me to also control my cellphone and tablet usage in front of my family. It also made me reflect on how I can lessen my gadget usage at home in order to spend more quality time with the people who matters the most.

To all moms, I highly recommend this book, #BabyLove: My Toddler Life. It may be purchased via this link: https://www.booksbycorined.com/babylove-my-toddler-life/.

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