It’s a fact that technology facilitates our lives a great deal, but do we overuse it? I would say yes. Sometimes, without even being aware of it, we let our smartphones and computers occupy a great deal of our time. Time that we can spend with our children and those we love instead. And as much as we speak of keeping our little ones off the screens as much as we can, it seems like we don’t apply that piece of advice when it comes to ourselves.
An owner of a daycare center in Hockley, Texas, couldn’t stand seeing parents be on their phones while picking their kids from the center, so he decided to tell them how he flt about it. What he did? He posted a sign on the daycare center’s front door. One mom, Juliana Farris Mazurkewicz then took photo of the sign and shared it online. She knew people would react about it, but she had no idea it will cause such stir.
As some people agree with what has been written on that piece of paper, others say the owner had no right to tell parents what to do and how to raise their kids.
The sign read:
‘”You are picking up your child! GET OFF YOUR PHONE!!!!
Your child is happy to see you! Are you not happy to see your child?? We have seen children trying to hand their parents their work they completed and the parent is on the phone.
‘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. Get off your phone!!”
Juliana said how she completely supported what the owner had to say and confessed that she was using her phone when she stumbled upon the sign and that made her even more aware of how true those words sounded.
‘”I was a bit shocked, but I didn’t feel any negativity towards the daycare. I know that the staff has the best interests of the children in mind, even to the point where they are willing to offend the parent.”
Some parents, however, were upset with the sign.
‘”This is ridiculous. Who is anyone to tell a child’s parent not to use their phone? They might be working? Or have an emergency or anything else that’s none of their business.”
Whatever your thoughts on this are, one thing is certain. We should do our best to spend as much time as we can with our kids because they grow up really fast. We should put the technology aside and enjoy the present, don’t you agree?