Regardless of whether you are a parent or not, you should read this. Technology greatly improves our lives, but it also can greatly hurt our lives as well. Being too attached to technology such as your smartphone means you’re missing out on the world around you. You’re missing out on the people in your lives.
This child’s note is one heartbreaking wake-up call about technology that everyone needs to read and we all need to pay attention to.
A second grade teacher in Louisiana took to Facebook to share a note from one of her students. She asked her class, “What invention do you wish had never been invented?” It’s definitely an interesting question to think about.
One of this teacher’s students said:
“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.”
That just absolutely breaks my heart. This poor kid. It’s so sad he feels his parents spend more time on their phones than they do with him. Growing up, my Mom spent all of her time on me and my sisters. We played outside, we played with our animals, we would go on hikes and walks, she would take us out around town and to the library.
I never really realized what kind of a gift that was until I grew up and learned about how other parents interacted with their kids. My Mom is really special and I wish every child could have the gift of a Mom that just puts them first like that and doesn’t ever make them feel like they don’t get enough attention.
That’s sadly just not the case for the majority of children. My Mom has a background in Child Psychology and spends her time now that she is retired helping children in a local school district deal with tough challenges in their lives; whether it be divorce, a death in the family, trauma or abuse, my Mom helps them work through it.
One thing she says a lot of her children say to her is that they wish their parents put their phones down and spend more time with them. It’s sad that the child who wrote the note we just talked about is not the only child to feel like this.
There was a recent study published last year correlating the heavy technology use of parents to “suboptimal parent-child interactions.”