Wasted days and wasted nights
...that can never be reclaimed or changed.
Many parents are abdicating their responsibilities and wasting the most precious times in this life by constantly looking at computer screens, phones, and other devices while their children are ignored, or addressed quickly, seldom giving their children their undivided and uninterrupted attention.
This is a trend I have noticed for years, moms with children and they can't keep their eyes off their I phones, standing in stores, at the checkout, sitting in the vehicles, and not just for a few moments--almost constantly, including at public outdoor activities, particularly in restaurants. Children are eating alone while both parents are glued to their phones. Sometimes the children have their own devices at the table. There is often no interaction during a meal to speak of.
I wonder how it makes a child feel to see a parent constantly online, googling, reading, checking facebook, texting friends, while a child waits. And waits. I have wondered what a child thought about that, and particularly since this pandemic and people being inside, if many people put the devices down and increased the attention they were giving children. I think early on people did make forts, use sidewalk chalk, read to them, play games, talk with the older children--but people are back at work, more stressed, and back to the phones and computer time, getting some type of normalcy.
My question is, is it normal to stay online hours a day and night when you have children still living at the home, and will the children be normal when they leave? Will their memories be of mom or dad looking down at a device when they passed by, or patiently waiting to get a bit of attention or be heard?
Does it make a difference either way to most children? Will it twenty years from now when they recall their childhood and time at home? Will it make a difference to the parent twenty years from now, or ever?
Cat's in the Cradle?