More and more I’m noticing a trend, and I don’t like it. The trend is families engaging less with each other and more with their iPhones or iPads.
It’s no longer uncommon to see families out to dinner all texting with zero conversation throughout the entire meal. I see Mom’s pushing strollers while talking on their cell phone. And all too often, I see parents in the car at a stop sign, checking their phones and kids on their phones.
Personally, I have a hard time with it and want to gently remind parents that time with your kids is fleeting, don’t miss it by spending more time with your phone than with your kids.
I know, I know the world is changing and maybe I just need to get with the program. However, one thing that never changes in the importance of face time with your children.
When pushing a stroller you may feel that walking behind your child means chatting on the phone with a friend is fine, it’s not. It’s a perfect time to get away from the regular distractions of everyday life. It’s a perfect time to point out nature moments. Or simply to have quiet time.
Out to dinner, really? Please parents, I beg of you. The time with your children is precious and sadly short. There is no more important time with your family than meal time. Put technology away, it will be there tomorrow. Your kids however will be gone before you know it.
Car conversation was invaluable when my kids were little. I was briefed on the daily doings at school, who was mad at whom and what things happened at school that day, both good and not so good. I miss that time and trust me, you will one day too.
I understand that there is a new generation of tech savvy parents, but the one constant is time and it passes quickly.
Next time you’re with your kids, put the phone away and ask that they do the same. You will never get back those precious moments with your kids. And though they may not like the idea of technology breaks, 20 years from now, they will thank you.
Here’s to never wishing for more time, rather making the most of it!