Are computers and cellphones contributing to the “benign neglect” of our children?
I remember when my children were little and how hard it was for them to wait five or 10 minutes until I got off the phone. However, when we were in the car, at the park, shopping or watching a sibling’s sporting event, they had my full attention.
Things are different now. Often parents have their cellphones on all the time, so conversations with children are often interrupted while Mom or Dad takes a call. The calls may go on for a long time, or there may be many calls.
“Consequently, children are not getting the quality time with parents that they used to. Children get the message that whoever is calling is more important than they are.”