BY LUCY JO PALLADINO, Ph.D.
(Shambhala Publications; $15.95 paperback; $9.99 Kindle)
Lucy Jo Palladino, a practicing psychologist with more than 35 years of experience, tells parents why it is important to balance technology use by their kids and gives them a practical way to do it.
After an introduction to the science of attention, Palladino lays out seven steps to teach a child to pay attention, including sections titled “Get into the Right Mind-Set” and “Practice the 3Rs of Good Attention.” Central to all of Palladino’s tips is parents’ encouraging kids to practice voluntary attention — which originates in the prefrontal cortex — as much as possible. (Technology draws on involuntary attention.) As the book’s title says, balance is the key.