Oh man, this is tough to read. As parents, we try to do the best we can. And let’s be honest, we fail a lot! Parenting is one of the hardest jobs in the world. It’s so easy to get caught up to in the day-to-day that we forget to stop and focus on what’s important. This is especially true for working parents. But we have to remember that our kids are always watching, listening, and learning from us. A teacher in Louisiana shared a note written by one of her students, and it should be a lesson for parents everywhere. The 2nd grader’s note answered the question: what invention do you wish had never been invented? His answer was eye-opening.
Teacher Jen Beason shared the 2nd grader’s note in a now-private Facebook post.
Beason asked her students to write about an invention they wish had never been invented. One boy wrote, “I don’t like the phone because my [parents] are on their phone every day. A phone is sometimes a really bad [habit]. I hate my mom’s phone and I wish she never had one.” Wow. That just hits right in the heart, you know? The really sad thing is that Beason said in the post that she had four different students say that wished cell phones had never been invented.
We talk a lot about screen time for kids. What’s appropriate, what’s not, how much screen time they should have. But do we ever take a step back and consider our own behavior when it comes to phones?
A study published in the journal Child Development in 2017 says that “Heavy parent digital technology use has been associated with suboptimal parent-child interactions.” There’s no denying that we are deep in the digital age, and plenty of us rely heavily on our tech devices to work and stay in contact with family, friends, and even our kids. But it’s so important to remember that our kids are always watching, and absorbing what we say and do. Maybe it’s time we all spent a little less time on our phones, and a little more time with our children.
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