I was going to call this post; ‘Mobile phones are bad for your children’, but I thought that that might be misleading as I have little knowledge of the effects of mobile phones on children. Well apart from one that is; they can cause children to feel neglected at times.
I am not perfect and I am fully aware that I do on occasion spend a few too many minutes quietly tweeting or checking my emails when I think that my children are busy doing other things. However, when we are out and about, my attention is on the children. Enjoying my time with them, making sure that they are not fighting or doing anything that will endanger them in anyway.
We all went to the park today. Trying to make the most of the last couple of days before my husband and the children go back to school. Although it was relatively quiet, I couldn’t believe how many people there were on their mobile phones. I’m not talking a quick text message and putting it away either. As I scoured around, there were loads of them all chatting away and not taking a blind bit of notice what their children were doing.
Is it just me, or is that not a bit sad. If your children are young enough to be at the park, then they are young enough for you to be watching over them, playing with them, giving them some attention. There was one man in particular, who had a little lad of about three. He was obviously having some in depth work conversation and kept batting his son away. This little boy was quite persistent and kept coming back shouting for his dad’s attention. the dad kept apologising to the person on the phone and whispering loudly to his son to go and play.
The son then came back with his hands on his hips and shouted “Daddy, you are supposed to be playing with me!”. In some ways it was funny but it was also quite sad really. There are so many advantages to having mobile phones. Life is so much easier. We can do everything, even work on the go of need be. On the other hand, the disadvantages are that we are all too easily distracted by them.
If I go out with my family, I always take my phone with me just in case anyone needs to contact me; the teenage one often texts me during the day as this is preferable to conversing with me. However, it is usually on silent in my pocket. There in case of emergency.
I’m not in a position to tell people what to do, but having a teenager I can say with certainty that life with little children passes all to quickly and it should be enjoyed and made the most of. You don’t want to look back and regret that you didn’t spend enough time with them when you had the chance.