Book Title: My Daughter's Keeper by Mark Winkler
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 140 pages | Genre: Memoir
Publisher: Journey Press | Release date: June, 2019
Tour dates: Nov 4 to Nov 15, 2019
Content Rating: PG + M (Rated PG+M for mature themes, but there is no bad language.)
My Daughter’s Keeper is the compelling story of a father’s journey to strive against mounting odds to be present in his daughter’s life. The story reveals the complexities of parenting as the author wrestles with his past to face self-imposed challenges in order to transition from a man given to selfish leanings to an open-hearted and dutiful father.
My Daughter’s Keeper tugs on the heartstrings of any parent who has endured the pain and challenges of co-parenting, custody disputes, or separated families. Written with accountability and compassion, this book has been crafted to challenge readers to consider the ways our circumstances, including the painful ones, set us up to develop into better versions of ourselves.
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Question: What age should a parent allow their child to have a social media account and why?
Answer: I am still grappling with this question. My daughter is 11 and my two stepchildren are 16 and 14 respectively. My 11 yr. does not yet have a mobile phone or social media accounts. The stepchildren have both a mobile phone and social media accounts. The two biggest hesitations I have about social media are the level of distraction that it causes, and the increased risk of being exposed to cyber predators/bullies. These predators and bullies are getting more tech savvy and more vicious. As a parent, you want to try and protect your children from these horrors if you can. By the same token, you do not want your child to feel ostracized from his/her other classmates or friends seeing that social media and mobile gaming is the primary way they communicate.
So, what can we as parents do? We must be vigilant but flexible. We cannot shield our children from “society’s evil” forever. We must trust that our guidance is enough to help them make prudent decisions while they are out of direct line of sight and while they are on their phones. However, we can do practical things like install certain parental controls, disallow usage during school hours, make certain they complete their homework and chores before using the phone at home. Hopefully, they will get to the point where they do their homework and chores without being repeatedly asked (insert laugh).
Meet the Author:
Over the years, Winkler has continuously moved towards his goal of helping create a better world by motivating others. His passionate advocacy for families and children eventually led to the co-founding of Manhood Camp, which was established to provide life-skills programs and community engagement opportunities for young men in the Los Angeles area. Recently, Manhood Camp started working directly with fathers via its monthly support group, Fatherhood Circle. Winkler holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and has been working in the community advocacy field for more than a decade. His organization's event, Choose Peace: A Community Celebration and Information Fair, brought together over twenty-six community organizations and received a special appearance and congratulatory speech by the Los Angeles city council president, Herb J. Wesson Jr.
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