I was with Dr. Simon last weekend at the GLASS/CMTA Convention for church workers in Pasadena, CA and it was a great treat to hear from this amazing LEARNER and CULTURAL INTERPRETER for children's ministers. Her workshops are always very well attended and the interplay of digital finesse (great powerpoints!) and insightful content make her the sine qua non of what we need to hear in children's ministry!
Her new book, Trend-Savvy Parenting (Tyndale House Publishers, 2006, 150 pages) is amazing in it's review of key trends affecting children's ministers and, more precisely her target audience: Parents! The organization of the book is compact, succinct and extremely helpful. The 35 trends are three to four page chapters that are subdivided into:
1. What is it?
2. Why should I care?
3. What can I do?
The trends are startling for their immediate relevance: Insulated Kids, KAGOY, Cyber Bullying, Edutainment, Tech Tethers, Pay2play, PC Immersion, etc. These are amazing, but my favorite is Kidfluence+ which is an indicator of children's rank and power in a family! Great stuff and a must read for all of us (it took me 2 hours to read it all, it's pretty small and great practical reading)!