Day Care Sign Gets Frank With Parents About Phone Use
Needless to say, this isn't sitting well with some parents.
Being a parent is hard work. But being a kid is hard work, too. And one day care center is going out of their way to make sure that their parents are taking their kids’ feelings into consideration and not phub them.
A daycare center in Texas posted this sign on their front door, and mom Juliana Farris Mazurkewicz snapped a photo of the sign and shared it on Instagram:
The sign has sent ripples across the country among moms and dads everywhere. Some are saying that the sign is right on:
Need more caring day care centers like yours…great job!!
— Joyce Washington (@joywash916) February 2, 2017
That's why the girls and boys are out of control. The parents are not paying attention, they care about their lives!
— nakesia saulsberry (@saulsberrynake1) February 2, 2017
While other people feel like that the note is harsh:
how condescending! I am prob in the minority to think the behavior of the person who posted this is appalling!
— Jennifer (@jenniferanne21) February 2, 2017
Here’s my take. Yes, kids need our full, present attention, and we are all guilty of being on our phones way too much. But let’s remember that many parents are using their phones to work remotely and stay connected to the office.
So, yes, a parent might be looking at their phone when they walk in the door, but maybe staying in touch via mobile is how they are able to actually be there to pick up their kid in the first place.
However, I am all for a reminder to be present and emotionally available for our children. But, perhaps, instead of a note that is aggressive and accusatory in nature, it would be better to hang up a sign that encourages mindfulness. Instead of assuming the worst of parents (“They are on the phone so they don’t care about their kids”), the sign could instead be a gentle reminder to breathe, let go and be present.
Or the day care could even institute a ritual at the end of the day where parents greet their children in a “no-phone-zone” and spend five minutes sitting and talking about their day.
Either way, we are all in this together and we all want the best for kids. Instead of being divisive, let’s lift each other up.