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Writing Prompt: Love & Literacy in the Time of Parenting

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In this month's essay, Love & Literacy in the Time of Parenting, Pam Allyn reflects on the place where technology, books and parenting intersect. She writes, "In the digital age, there is a swirling halo of fear around what technology has done to our children, what it will do to the next generation. We mourn the idea that reading memories won't contain the smell of a library book, or the feel of turning the page. We are uneasy with the cold blue light of the screen in our living room. It is a specter, a stranger in our midst, threatening our very understanding of what it means to raise a family, to raise a new generation of lifelong readers and writers."

Where has technology intersected with your parenting? Has technology impacted your child's literary experience? Where does the value of books and electronic media rank in your household? Why?


Christina Marie Speed writes poetry and creative nonfiction. Her work has appeared in a variety of online and print publications, including Caper Journal, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune Online, and The View From Here. She lives with her husband and two sons in a sunny fourth-floor walkup in Brooklyn, New York.


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