New Plugged-In Parenting Book Takes the Stress Out of Media Discernment

Colorado Springs, Colo. – Focus on the Family’s trusted entertainment advisor Bob Waliszewski is coming to the aid of parents everywhere with a new book that will protect families from increasingly troubling media content, while helping keep the peace at home. 

Plugged-In Parenting: How to Raise Media-Savvy Kids with Love, Not War, published by Tyndale House Publishers and available starting July 3, is a unique offering among media discernment products because of its emphasis on maintaining strong parent-child relationships. 

As a father and former youth pastor, it’s no surprise that Waliszewski, director of Plugged In Online, Focus’ hugely popular website that rates movies, music, TV and video games for family friendliness, would be interested in keeping homes from becoming battle grounds.

“I have two huge passions: I want to keep children safe from harmful entertainment, and I want to see families thrive across the world,” ”Waliszewski said. “So often, when parents do the right thing and place boundaries around their kids’ media consumption habits, it results in strained parent-child relationships. This doesn’t have to be the case – and my new book helps explain how media choices can actually bring families together.”

In Plugged-In Parenting, moms and dads will learn how to avoid “laying down the law,” and instead help approach the issue of media discernment from a perspective where families work together to draw appropriate guidelines. The book helps parents – as well as grandparents, youth leaders and teachers – learn how to:  
• handle two dozen kinds of media conflicts that arise in families;
• create a blueprint for a family entertainment constitution that helps keep the peace; and 
• use teachable moments, facts from research and pop culture, Scripture, questions, and your own example to set higher standards with lower stress.
Plugged In Online garners more than a million web visits each month by people looking for detailed, trustworthy information on today’s entertainment. Waliszewski’s weekly “Plugged In Movie Review” radio feature is heard on more than 650 U.S. radio stations and more than a dozen other countries.

To learn more about Plugged-In Parenting: How to Raise Media-Savvy Kids with Love, Not War, To coordinate a media interview, contact Nina Coppola at 719-531-3386.

About Focus on the Family 

Focus on the Family, which reaches about 238 million people in 130 countries, is a global Christian ministry that helps families thrive. We provide help and resources for strengthening believers in their faith and sharing the gospel; building resilient marriages that reflect God’s design; equipping parents to raise their children with a thriving faith; advocating for the preborn, orphaned and life at every stage; and engaging the culture through a biblical worldview. Visit Focus online at and on Facebook at . You can follow us on Twitter at .

About Tyndale House Publishers

Tyndale House Publishers, founded in 1962 and based in Carol Stream, Illinois, is a leader in Christian publishing and the publisher of the Holy Bible, New Living Translation (NLT).  During the past 14 years, nearly 40 Tyndale books have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list, including ten titles which debuted in 2010.  Tyndale House is substantially owned by the Tyndale House Foundation, and the company’s profits help underwrite the Foundation’s mission, which is to spread the Good News of Christ around the World.