Generation Text: Raising Well-Adjusted Kids in an Age of Instant Everything

September 20, 2008 by Kailani  
Filed under family topics, giveaways, product reviews

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The winners are Sharon Jones & Becca’s Backyard.

Girlie Girl and I were watching television the other day when a commercial came on trying to sell a make-it-yourself bling kit.

“I want that!”, she said.

“Add it to your wish list and maybe Santa will bring it for Christmas.”

“Mommy, you can order it online. It says so on the commercial. It could be here by Saturday!”

Generation Text by Dr. Michael Osit explores today’s electronic culture where kids are exposed to 24/7 “instant gratification”. In a world of internet-ready cell phones, text messaging, emails, and online commerce, no longer do they have to wait for something they want. With a couple of clicks, they can place an order, make payment, and have an item shipped directly to their front door.

However, he also agrees that all this technology is not always a bad thing as he discusses the positive influences the internet has on developing social skills, a healthy identity, and a sense of purpose and accountability.

From the book: “Parents who want to ensure that their children successfully develop key social skills, a healthy identity, and a strong work ethic need to make the right choices every step of the way. Clinical psychologist Dr. Michael Osit draws on his professional—as well as personal—experiences working with children and teens who have been challenged by unprece­dent­ed access to information, possessions, and temptation. Using case studies and examples, the book provides reasonable, down-to-earth strategies readers can use to address the unique issues faced by children surrounded by infinite choices…and very few limits.”

What I really liked about this book is they way it was written. Dr. Osit’s writing is funny, to the point, and entertaining. He explains his points using real dialogue and believable examples that almost everyone with kids have already experienced or will soon be. He also gives you workable advice and strategies that can be incorporated in your daily life as you deal with your child’s addiction to various electronic gadgets, including gaming. I mean, what child doesn’t have a Wii, XBox, PSP or Ninendo DS? I know I’m guilty of exposing my kids to electronics at an early age. Baby Bug can barely speak but she can play a mean game of Mario Bros.

I found this book to be a valuable asset and a great resource to which I know I’ll be referring to for years to come. It can be purchased at for $14.96.

Thank you to AMACOM Books for this great review opportunity!

Win it!

I have 2 copies of Generation Text for 2 lucky winners. To enter:

  • Just mention in comments before midnight, Sept 27th why you want to win this book. That’s it!
  • A random winner will be selected and notified on Sept 28th.
  • The winner will then have 3 days to claim their prize.

To earn more entries, you may do one or all of the following. Each one counts as an extra ticket. Please leave a separate comment for each extra entry.

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This giveaway is open to everyone world-wide! Good luck

About the author:
Kailani is the owner and founder of An Island Life. You'll find her sharing her daily life as a mother to 3 wonderful daughters, working as a flight attendant, and living a blessed life in Hawaii. She is also the founder of the group review site - Family Review Network. Follow along on her adventure of a lifetime this Winter as a member of the Vaseline Dry Skin Patrol!
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134 Responses to “Generation Text: Raising Well-Adjusted Kids in an Age of Instant Everything”
  1. Krista says:

    Uh, can I use this on my husband??? :) Seriously we have too much technology sometimes and I don’t know how I’m going to handle it with my son. Might be nice to have some perspective before we get that far!

  2. Krista says:

    I have your button up on my blog…

  3. Krista says:

    And I’m a subscriber. :)

  4. Susan (5 Minutes for Mom) says:

    I like that he says:
    “that all this technology is not always a bad thing as he discusses the positive influences the internet has on developing social skills, a healthy identity, and a sense of purpose and accountability.”

    sometimes i find it frustrating when people are constantly down on technology. When used responsibly techonology opens so many doors and is a great equalizer.

  5. Megryansmom says:

    I want that! To give my to my daughter who has a 2 1/2 year old.

  6. Megryansmom says:

    I subscribe through Google Reader

  7. Megryansmom says:

    I put your button on my blog.

  8. Susan S. says:

    I can see similar conversations with my son in the not too distant future. Would love to have some tips on how to handle…

  9. Qtpies7 says:

    My daughter can’t spell, but she CAN get around online. She can get to children’s game sites no problem, and I have no idea how she got there, lol. She started at 2 years old. it is quite scary.
    I’d love to win the book, I have several teens who are into electronics, some pretty heavily.

  10. Judith says:

    I really want this book because I have two kids who ‘are exposed to 24/7 “instant gratification”’.

  11. Tara R. says:

    I’d like to win this because I have 3 kids!

  12. charline s says:

    I want to win

  13. susan varney says:

    it sounds like a good read

  14. shannon Baas says:

    To help my brother with his daughters.

  15. Maja says:

    It would be interesting to read. I have a son.

  16. Maja says:


  17. Cathi says:

    Wow, NY and I have done our grandchildren a bit of a disservice by instantly giving them gratification. Monkey Boy has been known to say to his parents when he received the answer NO, “Well, my grandma will buy it for me”.
    Now the only ones to suffer are…the babies, while we teach them differently and us, while we teach them differently.
    This book might just be the answer.

  18. diana/sunshine says:

    if i don’t win it, i think i will end up buying it. i’m trying to start a parent’s ministry for my church and would love to make this book available to many parents to read.

    thanks for the opportunity to win.

  19. diana/sunshine says:

    extra point…

    i already subscribe to your feed through netvibes so you probably won’t give me a point ther.

    if i were to win, i’d write a post about the book, but again probably no point there.

    but you can gie me a point for putting your button on my side bar. i don’t know why i haven’t already done that. weird. just a lapse in keeping my blog as up to date as it should be. sorry. you should have been ther all along.

  20. Renee says:

    I guess I must have trained DD right cuz we now look at commericals and point out the flaws in them. She actually gets annoyed by all the toy ads during her shows. hee hee
    And I used to carry her list with me for her to ad to, but now she has to carry her own list when we’re shopping. If she says “I want” I remind her that it isn’t her birthday or Christmas. she sighs and has to wait or earn the money herself.

  21. Roseann Kies says:

    I am “technologically challenged” and it’s just that everything becomes outdated soon after coming out. I could use some knowledge on this subject!

  22. Alicia Webster says:

    I am a stay-at-home mother of three kids who are all under the age of three. My husband and I will be home schooling, but we are not naive enough to think that that will “do the trick” and our kids won’t be influenced by society’s standards (or lack thereof). So we read every book that we can get our hands on that deals with raising kids who will need to be tech savvy, but will also need to be fully functioning, ethical human beings. I would love to have this book.
    Alicia Webster

  23. Desmond says:

    Count me in; the book sounds extremely fascinating!

  24. Cindi says:

    Hello, Sounds like a very good book resource. What parent couldn’t use a humorous book to help them know how to talk with their children about any situation?! Thanks, Cindi

  25. DJ says:

    Boy could I use this, my 4 year old is already computer literate!

  26. DJ says:

    I subscribed!

  27. Arizona says:

    That sounds like something my son would say! I’d love to read this book. Its tough to raise kids nowadays. We’re all about play dates and structured activities. When I was little we’d go outside all day and play by ourselves until my mom whistled out the front door. The whistle meant it was time to come home for either lunch or dinner. That’s unheard of nowadays and its sad because kids seem to be losing the ability to entertain and/or motivate themselves. And the instant gratification? Ugh!! I don’t know what to buy any of my nieces or nephews for their birthdays or christmas because they already have everything. They get whatever they want, whenever they want it. I try not to do that with my son, but can’t claim complete innocence. Ok, enough of my rambling. I hope I win the book!!

  28. Sandy says:


  29. Sandy says:

    I would love to read this book for many reasons, but we have totally shut off text for now and my reasons were expensive, too many silly texting between people, a huge waste of time when they could be on the phone or communicating in person and so on but would love to read this and get ideas from it for alot more

  30. Julie says:

    This looks like an important and useful book. We have a daughter and a son. We could use all the help we can get.

  31. Beth says:

    My husband and I worry about our kids growing up in this culture. This would be a great tool to help us!!


  32. Beth says:

    I am a subscriber!

  33. Kim says:

    I’d love to win it. I’ve already got you in my google reader!

  34. Laura says:

    I would love to win this!
    Maybe I could finally understand what the hooey my 17yr old stepson is saying.

  35. Cherie J says:

    Would love to win a copy of this book. Thanks for the chance.

  36. Cherie J says:

    I am a subscriber to your feed.

  37. Linda says:

    I am a subscriber.

  38. Gina says:

    Sounds like a fascinating read. Please enter me!

  39. Dan Smith says:

    Sounds like an interesting book

  40. Lisa F says:

    I love to win books because I love to read

  41. Susan Smith says:

    Please enter me

  42. preppylittledress says:

    what a cute blog, count me in!

  43. jennifer says:

    Sounds like a good book. I’m in!

  44. Rebecca C says:

    I need all the help I can get, my daughter wanted a Power Wheels I told her maybe for X-mas and she said she wanted it NOW, I told her we didn’t have the money right now. She told me to go to the bank machine!


  45. Jenn S. says:

    I would love to read this , so that I will be better informed about raising my own two kids in this age of abundant technology.

  46. Rebecca C says:

    I blogged about this giveaway:Here


  47. Rebecca C says:

    I am a subscriber!


  48. Rebecca C says:

    I have your button on my blog:Here


  49. mannequin says:

    Oh Kailini you have no idea!
    I have had this very topic on my mind lately , concerning my eleven yr old. I am afraid that I have created a media monster. Combine my love for shopping that he has obviously inherited with todays “instant access” to anything, and I’ve got a child that is not content with anything unless it’s does something. He has a collection of game consoles, tech toys and more but he cannot enjoy swinging on the porch swing and gazing at the stars.
    Halp Kailini; I really, really need this book!

  50. mannequin says:

    I am a subscriber!

  51. Amy Tucker says:

    I want to win this so I can relate and understand my text messaging kids!

  52. LuAnn says:

    No text messaging by the kids…yet, but they are FAR too versed in computer gaming and the internet. I would definitely like to win a copy of this book!

  53. LuAnn says:

    I subscribe to your feed.

  54. LuAnn says:

    I’ve got your button on “Back Porchervations”’s sidebar.

  55. christopher h says:

    ours are getting to that age, this would be a big help i think

  56. thefarmerfiles says:

    I am a subscriber…you know what I find with my 4 yr old? He doesn’t understand why I can’t just produce TV shows out of thin air when we are anywhere but home thanks to the DVR and DVD players.

    I am so interested in this!!!

  57. David says:

    This is interesting, we do live in a society now where it is easy to communicate.

  58. Michele says:

    The reason I would love to win this is because I think it’s a critically important topic that adults with children in their lives, whether parents, teacher, aunts, uncles, etc, need to be aware of and sensitive to. I think this sounds like an excellent book!

    Thanks so much!
    Michele R.(CA)

  59. Michele says:

    I’m a subscriber!

    Thanks so much!
    Michele R.(CA)

  60. Kathy Scott says:

    Thanks for thw chance.

  61. Sharon Jones says:

    Sounds like a wonderful book…I am mom of 2, grandmom of 1, aunt of a bunch and nanny to tons…this is why I would LOVE to win.
    THANKS :)

  62. Sharon Jones says:

    am subscribed…thanks again

  63. Sharon Jones says:

    Hi again…have you on my sidebar at

  64. Susan C says:

    I would like to read this because I worry about my grandsons who are always playing video games.

  65. clenna in NH says:

    I think this book is great. I need it to understand and help my grandchildren in this generation of technology.

  66. clenna in NH says:

    I am a subscriber.

  67. elaina says:

    I work in education with kids of the junior high level, so I’m well aware of this Generation Text phenomenon. I’d love to hear the author’s take on it. Whether I win a copy of this book or not, I’m definitely going to be reading this book soon!

  68. elaina says:

    I’m a subscriber. :)

  69. elaina says:

    Your buttony goodness is on my blog as well.

  70. Melissa says:

    “Parents who want to ensure that their children successfully develop key social skills, a healthy identity, and a strong work ethic need to make the right choices every step of the way.”
    YIKES!! Make right choices every step of the way? Does any parent really do that?? I make mistakes almost every day. Some mistakes are bigger than others, but still… I’m not sure if I would want to read this book if that is the message behind it. Is that how it comes across? Because I’m not perfect. And even after reading a book, I still won’t be perfect. I’m learning and growing too and I hope that my kids will still turn out to have “key social skills, a healthy identity, and a strong work ethic” even though I’m not perfect

  71. Cathy Tibbles says:

    I’d love to have some input in this area! My oldest is 8 and we’re getting into so many “wants” vs “needs” for her already! It has a huge impact on family dynamics and her attitudes. I sure know that it does on mine! :)

    Thanks for chance! :)

  72. Cathy Tibbles says:

    Just blogged about the giveaway too!

    Thanks again.

  73. Asianmommy says:

    I would love to teach my girls about responsibility and accountability and prevent them from becoming spoiled.

  74. Cathy Tibbles says:

    I’m subscribed! (I’ve no idea why I wasn’t already!) Thanks for the gentle nudge.

  75. tobye says:

    Sounds like it could be an interesting topic to read about.

  76. Ginny says:

    I have a tween that never seems happy with anything she has. Would love to read this book!

  77. claire says:

    Would like to compare the book’s points to Frontline’s program, “Growing Up Online.” See

  78. marybeth i. says:

    Please enter me – my oldest is a texting queen

  79. marybeth i. says:

    I am a subscriber

  80. marybeth i. says:

    your button is on my blog

  81. rebecca snodgrass says:

    I could use this.

  82. Julie says:

    My kids are soooo commercialized. I could really use this!

  83. Julie says:

    I put your button on my sidebar.

  84. Heather B says:

    we’ve just started those sorts of conversations here in my house! would love to read this book

  85. cheryl pasquier says:

    Because as a high school teacher, I see kids spending all day sending text messages to people or chatting online when they’re in the same room and they think I’m totally crazy when I say “wouldn’t it just be easier to turn around and speak to him/her person to person ?!” !!! And I want to be one step ahead with my own kids (only 7 and 3 at the moment so I have a way to go ! )

  86. cheryl pasquier says:

    and I’m a subscriber !

  87. nina says:

    I would love to win this for my parents so they can kids & the internet better! hehe

  88. Elizabeth M. says:

    I would love to read this to get more insight into how kids are thinking and relating to these new tech ways of communicating and how best I can deal with it!

  89. Elizabeth M. says:

    I’m subscribed too.

  90. veronica sandberg says:

    want to win this book

  91. Pat Connors says:

    I would like to read this too. Thanks for the contest.

  92. Ann says:

    With 3 kids, one soon to get to the age to ask for a cell phone, it wouldn’t be a bad thing to get some good insight. I would love to read the book. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  93. Ilissa H. says:

    I’d like to read this book because I have often thought about this situation. I think kids in this generation will lack certain skills because of it. Thanks for the chance!

  94. Ilissa H. says:

    I am a subscriber.

  95. Ilissa H. says:

    I have your button on my blog sidebar.

  96. C. Clemens says:

    hi!!!! enter me please_ thanks

  97. Gayle Morgan says:

    enter me please

  98. Karen Gonyea says:

    Enter Me :)

  99. Barbara Fox says:

    I’d like to win this for my son – he takes advice from books all the time.

  100. kari says:

    I have three kids and this book would be PERFECT for me to read. Thanks for the chance!

  101. kari says:

    Im a subscriber!

  102. CoolProducts says:

    Here’s a question!

    Being 21, a youth of today’s society, is technology really all that bad? Many older folk feel like technology is ruining us, when really its only ruining their view on how life should be. Our culture is changing, the youth are adapting! The parents of my father I’m sure felt threatened and disapproving of the new things youth were involved in. I would like to see a book written by one my age whose done the research and can show that technology is NOT ruining us. It may be changing us, our views and opinions, but to use the term “ruin” is very harsh.

    Is my point of view really off base?

  103. Chrysa says:

    Looks like it would be an interesting read.

  104. tim brown says:

    love to win

  105. Ed Nemmers says:

    Texting? Will I have to get rid of my Beta video player?

  106. Felicia L says:

    At 47 with a son 15, I really dont understand the electronic generation, I tell him stories about my sisters and I finding huge card board boxes and being able to play for hrs, he has no clue, maybe a book like this will make me understand more, thank you.

  107. Felicia L says:

    I am a subscriber

  108. Erma Hurtt says:

    I would love to win this.

  109. Dr. Michael Osit says:

    Thank you so much for your review. I am thrilled that you found my book informative and useful. It is being received very positively. I am also pleased to see your review receive so many responses! If you would like more information or have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Also, if you wouldn’t mind, could you post your review on Amazon? The link is Thank you very much. Looking forward to hearing from you and your readers.

    Dr. Osit

  110. Kathy Conley says:

    I want to win win win!

  111. Becca says:

    I don’t have my own kids but work in a school with kids who want everything RIGHT NOW. I think this could help me with them. Thanks!

  112. Pamela White says:

    It is hard to teach delayed gratification to children and also unplugging once in awhile.

  113. Sherri Siler says:

    I definately could use this for my daughter.

  114. Brooke says:

    OMG!!! I think that says it all. We are inundated with text language in our house and I have no idea how to deal with it.

  115. Angie P. says:

    I’d like this book so I can see how to keep technology usage to a balanced level in our house.

  116. Angie P. says:

    I am a subscriber.

  117. Suzanne Reichel says:

    I think this book would be very helpful to my daughter in raising my two grandsons, so I would share it with her.

  118. kathy pease says:

    i would like this because my 16 year old is constantly texting it drives me nuts

  119. Janet says:

    I definately could use this for my daughter AND GRANDSONS.

  120. sharon says:

    as mom to a preteen and a younger child, this would be great for me!

  121. Dean says:

    helpful as dad to a teenage boy

  122. Heather C says:

    I have a child who can’t seem to understand the concept of practice makes perfect. She wants to do everything perfectly the first time or she melts down. Hopefully, this book helps there. haha

  123. Charlene Kuser says:

    I would love to win this,because both my kids
    are impatient,wanting it all now!

  124. Donna Kozar says:

    I would like to win please.

  125. Donna Kozar says:

    I subscribed

  126. Donna Kozar says:

    I put your button on my blog.

  127. Lily Kwan says:

    I would like to win this book because it looks very interesting!

  128. Lily Kwan says:

    I subscribed to your feed.

  129. Kailani says:

    Hi Sharon

    Congratulations! You are a winner in the Generation Text Giveaway at An Island Life. Please contact me within 3 days to claim your prize.

    Thank you for your participation!

    Aloha ~ Kailani
    anislandlife at gmail dot com

  130. Kailani says:

    Hi Becca

    Congratulations! Your are a winner in the Generation Text Giveaway at An Island Life. Please contact me within 3 days to claim your prize.

    Thank you for your participation!

    Aloha ~ Kailani
    anislandlife at gmail dot com

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