Smartphones and technology can go a LONG way to help with parenting (I mean, how did non-math genius parents help their kids with math homework before YouTube?), but they can also provide a distraction that’s just too easy to escape into. I for one, have been guilty of paying too much attention to my phone many times, or having to say “wait a second” to my child while I was finishing a text. Like most things in life, with smartphones, moderation is key.
The staff at one Texas daycare center wasn’t seeing nearly ENOUGH moderation when it came to smartphone use and the parents of the kids they care for. Their frustration with parents using phones at pickup boiled over until they eventually posted this no-holds-barred sign on their door last week. A daycare parent who agrees with the sign, Juliana Mazurkewicz, posted the photo to her Facebook page.
Her post quickly went viral with over a MILLION shares. The sign really hit a nerve! It pulls no punches, using all caps to drive the message home. “You are picking up your child! GET OFF YOUR PHONE!!!! Your child is happy to see you! Are you happy to see your child?”
It goes on with another verbal gut-punch: “We have heard a child say ‘Mommy, mommy, mommy…’ and the parent is paying more attention to their phone than their own child. It is appalling.”