Book Review + Mini Author Interview + Giveaway: #BabyLove: My Toddler Life

Title: My Toddler Life
Series: #BabyLove Series, Book 2
Author & Illustrator: Corine Dehghanpisheh
Publisher:  My Art to Inspire
Release Date:  September 20, 2016
Genre: Kids' Picture Book
Age: 2-5

In #BabyLove: My Toddler Life, a new children’s picture book by Corine Dehghanpisheh, a curious toddler loves to play… especially with his mommy’s smartphone!

When Mommy finds him using her phone without permission, it’s the perfect teaching moment.  Mommy reminds her little one that what matters most in life is time together filled with love and attention.

Her simple reminder:  Put down our phones.

#BabyLove: My Toddler Life is the second book in Corine’s #BabyLove Book Series.  The first book in the series, #BabyLove: My Social Life, won the Next Generation Indie Book Award for Picture Books 0-5.

A simple concept and one that shows what today's society have come to when it involves our phones. My Toddler Life by Corine Dehghanpisheh gives us a little story about phones that what it takes from us and one example of how it affects us and our child. Though I don't think the message to "put down your phone" comes off strong, it's hinted and possibly the subtlety of it is how we shall approach it with our children. And I also think a calm way of handling how technology will change the ways of parenting is the way to go, as it is shown in this lovely story. I think this picture book will be a great way to start the habit of "phones are not for kids" and to share to them why. 

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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Corine Dehghanpisheh is an award winning author, whose own family life serves as inspiration for her fun and engaging children’s books. She holds a Master’s Degree in Creative Arts Therapy & Creative Development from Pratt Institute in New York City. 

Ms. Dehghanpisheh currently resides in Dallas, Texas with her family. There she continues to write the #BabyLove series, focused on the blending of modern technologies with classically familiar child raising situations.

The 2nd book in the series #BabyLove: My Toddler Life is now available along with #BabyLove: My Social Life, which is a Next Generation Indie Book Awards winner.

Her debut children's book Can We Play Again? is a Mom's Choice Awards® Silver Recipient and a Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist for her debut children's book Can We Play Again? Corine's inspiration for this book came from her work as a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist in NYC. 

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Just Commonly with Author, Corine Dehghanpisheh

Hi Corine, as an award-winning children's book author and illustrator, what is it about children's books that interests you?
I love the imagination involved in writing and illustrating Children’s Books.  To tell a great story to kids requires a simplistic yet engaging structure which is very challenging to obtain.  It is so much fun to do. I also believe that books are essential to the development of children.  Kids should have access to as many books as possible to help them grow, learn, and to assist them in their imagination and creativity. 

Is My Toddler Life inspired from your own experiences?
Yes, my experiences with my nieces and nephews, and now my very own toddler inspired my latest book#BabyLove: My Toddler Life.  The inspiration arose when I visited my family for a weekend.  One of my nieces watched me enter my passcode while I unlocked my phone.  Later, she found my phone on a table and took endless selfies of her eyebrows, nose, hair, and every once in awhile a photo of her entire face.  It was a funny surprise to see all of her pictures on my phone.

What do you want readers to get out of reading your stories, particularly #BabyLove: My Toddler Life?
For this particular book, I want readers to understand and think about how technology impacts our daily lives- especially raising children.  Whether people agree and admit to or not, technology plays a role in almost everything we do today. Like anything else, there are positive and negative consequences of technology and parenting.  I know them all too well.  I appreciate the ability to share photos and videos with loved ones who live near and far away, either privately or via a social network.  I also understand the challenges of managing the amount of picture taking and sharing that I do. For parents, another challenge is moderating how often to allow children screen time and access to devices.  There is no simple answer.  It is very much an individual and family decision.   What matters is the safety and healthy development of our children, and most importantly is the love, and in the moment attention, we give to them.

What do you think about children playing with phones and tablets?
Children playing with phones and tablets is usually inevitable. The proper security measures need to be in place for kids who have access to these devices.  Parents should research appropriate apps and shows for the kids before letting them play. The amount of time and which devices kids use is a personal and family decision. Ironically, my daughter only uses my phone or tablet to watch her favorite shows while we are traveling on a plane or if we need a distraction while finishing our dinner at a restaurant.  Our family created a routine when we go out to eat.  First, my daughter colors or reads books while we wait for the food to arrive.  Once the food arrives we eat.  When she finishes everything or an agreed upon amount she gets to watch her show.  Then my husband and I can finish our meal. With our permission, her grandparents allow her to play simple games on their phones or tablets when we see them- which unfortunately isn’t very often.  

Any parting thoughts you want to share with parents?
Parenting is awesome and fun, but it also brings daily challenges.  Those challenges are ever changing.  We need to love our kids and to keep their safety at the forefront of everything we do.  Technology is just one of many different topics that will continue to challenge parents regularly. Also, encourage kids to read.  Reading is so valuable to their learning and developing, and it is fun.

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  1. My husband and I bought our two grandkids each an IPad mini for Christmas three years ago. They have enjoyed those so much and their parents only allow certain apps. They have learned a lot too!


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