I always have my phone on me at the playground so I can catchup on work emails and things, having that phone is what allows me to physically be with DD and not chained to my computer/desk.
Also, who cares really. Every parent I know who uses their phone when they're with their kids isn't glued to it 100% of the time. Most of them are probably taking cute photos/videos of their kids and sending it to their partner or family members haha.
Being a parent can sometimes be such an isolating job, sending a quick email/posting on facebook is a way to still connect with the outside world! I regularly take my DD to play centers, parks etc and yeah I do play on my iPhone! I'm still looking up constantly making sure DD is happy and not being naughty, and I do spend time playing with her but she is there to play and engage with other children, I'm not gonna hang around her non stop and cramp her style!
I'm often on my iPhone, but 80% of the time I'm using it to take pics of DD. yep, I'm one of those parents. Then I fill up my friends news feeds with pics of DD. I suspect many have me blocked
I don't judge mums following their kids around, nor do I judge mums sitting on their iPhone. Do what works for you.
I am so faarking sick of the mummy bashing in the media at the moment. FFS, I spend 24/7 with my kids. I make zero excuses for zoning out on my phone sometimes.
And I see there's no mention of fathers who do the same thing. Jesus, a dad farts in the same room as his kid and he's praised for spending quality time with them.
Gives me the absolute sh1+s.
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I'm terribly guilty of faffing on the Internet while my DD is awake. It definitely doesn't seem to bother her but it does make me feel guilty and it does bother me how compulsive it is. What also bothers me is when parents are on their phones while their children are upsetting on endangering other children and their parents don't notice. It's one thing to occasionally glance at your phone, but another to be completely absorbed in it the entire time. I took my two year old DD to kindergym last week and an older boy spent the entire time following us around and asking me to watch him doing things. I couldn't even work out who he was with until the end of the hour long session because his dad was in the corner on his phone the whole time and wasn't even looking up. Don't get me wrong, I love kids and love my DD getting opportunities to share and interact with other kids. He was also a really sweet boy, just very demanding and intense. My problem was that I was morning sick and exhausted and just wanted to sit back and watch my DD play and the dad never even asked if it was ok for him to attach himself to us. I know it sounds churlish resenting a young child wanting to spend time with you, but as a parent I would never leave it to others to entertain my child without asking if it was ok or joining in to help out
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