It seems as though today kids know how to use and operate technology straight out of the womb.
With toys becoming more and more technologically advanced and tablets becoming the way to keep our kids distracted in public, it seems as though everyone is “in sync.” But, some parents are consumed with their phones and electronics more so than their kids–especially when they’re youngsters. Think about it–how often are you on your phone when you could be playing with your kids or when your kids are trying to play with you?
One second grader wrote a heartbreaking letter to his teacher on why he wishes cell phones weren’t invented and it’ll tear at your soul. Jen Adams Beason shared the letter on her Facebook page, saying that four of her 2nd graders wrote about the same topic. This particular student wrote that they believe cell phones can be bad habits and that their parents are constantly on their phones all day long. They even said they “hate their mom’s phone” and wished that she never had one.
Seriously–this has to break your heart and make you stop and think: how often am I on my phone when my niece or nephew wants my attention? I’m not even a parent myself, and I feel guilty not giving them 100% of my time when I’m with them. I understand that parents need a break from their kids sometimes and going on your phone is a form of relaxation, no matter what you decide to do on the phone (social media, reading, texting, etc). But, maybe parents should use the time when their kids are napping/asleep/at school to use their phone, and pay attention to their kids while they’re present.
People online were devastated and sad to see that so many students felt this way.
This is just…sad. So sad, but so very true! I catch myself doing the same thing when I have my son and then I look at him and realize that my time with him is more precious than whatever is staring at me on the phone screen. 😢
— Jimmy Thistle (@jimmy_thistle) May 25, 2018
Every time you say "just a sec" when you kid tries to talk to you, because you phone is more important….
— Nora Schelly (@NSchelly) May 25, 2018
that broke my heart 💔. we must always learn to spend time with not just children but even our spouses and fam without constantly reaching out for the Damn cellphone 📱!!!
— unmatched- abby (@UnmatchedA) May 26, 2018
I see it all too often in public & wonder if these people are truly that shallow? Sad to see a child being completely ignored, however I also see parents using technology at these same restaurants to occupy their children…where has the parenting gone? Where's the conversation?
— Gene B (@fidelis_62) May 26, 2018
Parents…limit yourself to 15 minutes on your smartphone when your kids are with you!
— Latoni Elmore (@MikeHun82412951) May 26, 2018
Very sad! This is why kids turn to all sorts of mischief. If they don't receive the attention and love they need and deserve they will find it elsewhere.
Next time you’re on your phone when your kids are around–stop and think how it will affect them.