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Are parents ignoring their children?

Have you noticed a child trying to get a parent's attention when the parent is using a cell phone or computer? It is eerily similar to a parent trying to get a child's attention when the child is watching a video or playing a video game. Parents can discipline their kids for lack of paying attention--they can limit computer or TV time. What can kids do when their parents are too connected to their digital toys?

The New York Times (via MSNBC.com) gives several examples of why it's not a good idea for parents to stay connected constantly. Or rather when they are more connected to their iPhone than they are to their kids. And they talk about kids making their parents interact with them instead of a screen. In my practice it's usually the parents complaining about the childrens' addictions to electronic devices. Maybe the tables are turning or at least equalizing.

An interesting problem: If parents are constantly or frequently checking their email or sending texts, will this interfere with good parenting? Will social networking begin and end at the computer and not include families?

What's your opinion? The conversation continues with you.

Comments

  • Pat Anthony, Charlotte Healthy Living Examiner 4 years ago

    Excellent points-parents seem to be as tied up with all the new technology as their kids. How do we discipline parents? I will email this to some friends.

  • Mark 4 years ago

    Very interesting article! On a side issue -- I notice when one of my two friends ever come over, or we ib a car ride) (previously the best time to really talk at length) they almost immediately get a call, or have to make a call. And it seems they will talk forever about some trivial thing. Then your time with them is nearly over. Of course, this may be caused by my dental issues -- BUT, society doesn't seem to yet grasp it actually hurts the feelings of people you are with, if you ignore them.

  • Ann 4 years ago

    My husband constantly ignores the kids and is either on the computer, texting with friends or talking on his cell. We have 4 kids all under the age of 7...the beg for attention and are ignored. I wonder how this will effect their self esteem? Electronics are more important than me..

  • Kathy 4 years ago

    What's the bad news about parenting today? As the article mentions or infers; lack of relationship with our childern! The deck is already stacked against them. Single parent, divorce, alcoholic parent/parents, drugs. Need I say more.... Childern need to know you love them in Truth and in loving relationship= involement, interacting, taking an ACTIVE Interest in our child= HEALTHY, HAPPY CHILDERN AND FAMILIES. Also means our childern will grow up and become something and pass it on ...to thier cildern, society etc. Make sense! Wake up our kids need us!

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