It was a good thing that my own phone was dead or there would be pictures. (The image you see is from a Tumblr called Parents on Phones.)
HH and I went to the extraordinary Shedd Aquarium today which was all kinds of wonderful. After checking out the belugas and The 4-D Experience, we went to the coffee shop for a break. And there we saw seated at other tables:
- Toddler in tutu with pink boots and adult on phone.
- Two little girls with matching Frozen shirts and adult on phone.
- Little girl holding a stuffed white Beluga toy and talking excitedly about how whales eat “really tiny fish.” And adult on the phone.
I thoroughly love my phone. I get it. There is always a text to make or a fact to check or an email to read. But when we are out with the kids – especially in A Kids’ Place like a playground or a zoo or an aquarium, let’s focus on the kids.
This article from last summer spells out the importance of giving our children the attention they deserve. Social media is here to stay and I love it. But our children – and also adults – deserve our undivided attention.