PSYCHOLOGY

Texas Day Care Posted A Sign Shaming Parents For Using Their Phones, And Their Message Sparked A Huge Debate

October 16, 2018 17:18

These days, people seem to be so addicted to technology that they can’t do without it. But there are times when setting aside your phone (or tablet, or whatever ) and being present in the moment is the necessary thing to do. One Texas daycare tried to get this message across and it seems they succeeded.

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Juliana Mazurkewicz, a mom from Houston area, went to pick up her kids from the daycare and saw a sign plastered on the door. The message started with the following:

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??

The mom, who said she agreed with the day care’s message in an interview with Fox News, took a picture of the sign and posted it on Facebook. Her post resonated with many. On the door of the daycare, only a few dozen people (if not fewer) could see the message, but, thanks to Juliana, it has been shared more than 2 million times!

Most people in the comments agreed with the message:

However, some thought the wording of the message wasn’t polite and were offended:

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Why it’s best to put your phone aside when you’re with your children

It’s true that many parents rely on their phones for work and they have to be available beyond their working hours. While using your phone to answer an urgent call or e-mail from your boss when you’re with your child is justified, using your phone to play games and scroll through social media when your child is desperate for your attention isn’t something you should do.

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One study, conducted by the University of Michigan Medical School and Illinois State University in 2017, links parents’ addiction to technology to problems in children’s behavior.

200 families took part in the study, and 40 percent of moms and 32 percent of dads admitted that they are addicted to their phones.

The study found that children whose parents are addicted to their phones are more likely to display unwanted behaviors, such as whining, temper tantrums, and even kicking, pushing, and pulling on their parents. So, what do children want? They want their parents’ undivided attention!

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The study solidifies that day care’s message: parents, put down your phones when interacting with your children, please. When you’re with your child (whether you’re picking them up from the daycare, or eating a meal, or playing with them, or readying them for bedtime), use your phone only when necessary; your child will be happy to have more of your attention.

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