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    I see this daily throughout my neighborhood: "Mommy? Daddy? Mommy? Daddy? Mommmmmy, WHEN (where, why etc)..." from a child in a stroller while the caregiver remains obliviously in thrall to a digital device. To paraphrase Kaos from a child's perspective,

    Get your faces out of your toys and look up.

    Hi! I'm a little kid. I'm sorry I don't have a lot of cool buttons for you to push or my screen isn't a touch screen, and I don't have a lot of memory...but I do have eyes, ears, brain, needs, and feelings, and they're above the screen level.

    Please look.

    Now, human caregivers have been tending human children while otherwise occupied for at least a hundred thousand years. But subsistence activities performed with kids aboard or toddling behind haven't generally required the full mental attention of the caregiver; people have had the good sense not to haul tots along on hunting expeditions, for example. This is what is so unique, and developmentally pernicious, about texting while parenting. Our forebears could respond to their kids' needs and questions while grinding corn or picking berries. Too often imho, contemporary parents find digital media irresistibly distracting.

    "Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom." -- Thomas Jefferson

    by pianogramma on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 05:32:58 AM PST

    •  Thank you for reading and for your comments =) (0+ / 0-)

      You take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. -Morpheus/The Matrix

      by Kaos on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 07:13:41 AM PST

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