Be­nign ne­glect

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - COMMUNITY - Dr. Gwen Ran­dall-Young Psy­chol­ogy for Liv­ing

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.”

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