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    Default WDYT about this (playground situation).

    Just wondering what others' opinions would be in this situation. You're at a beautiful playground; sandpit, slides, tunnels,the works. Kids playing and having fun everywhere. Off in a corner is a child 3-4years old, sitting in a pram playing on a phone, ignoring all the fun and activity around her. The mum is nearby, chatting to another mum and not really paying any attention to her child. WDYT?

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    *gets popcorn*

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    Mind my own business.

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    Default WDYT about this (playground situation).

    What would i think? Absolutely nothing. Because that could be my 3 year old. Some times she is so tired and overwhelmed when we go out that I need her to chill for a few minutes and watch paw patrol. It calms her down. And means I can have 5 minutes to have a chat without dealing with a meltdown.

    I guess there would be others who would think I'm the worst mum in the world. Guess what I'm not. I'm doing what's right for me at that time. My kids get a lot of outside time and play time and sometimes the phone comes out particularly if the older siblings want to stay longer and she's exhausted and had enough.
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    I would think that either
    A) The child was recovering from being sick, and the mum didn't want her spreading her germs through the park...and mum either desperately needed a catch up with a friends, or had another child that needed to burn off energy or
    B) That the child was on the spectrum and the phone was being used for therapy purposes....and they were at the park for the same reason as above.
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    C) That the kid had had a big play already, but mum was enjoying the adult company, so stayed.

    I wouldn't consider D) The mother is an awful, negligent mother with an electronic obsessed child...because the mum made the effort to go to the park so I would assume she wasn't lazy.

    As for ignoring their child...who cares? When I'm out somewhere with my kids and they have friends to play with, and I have adult company I tell them to rack off and go play with their friends. I don't organise park play dates to be a constant source of entertainment for my child.

    ETA- I am answering as a 'possible reasons for the scenarios,' I'm too busy talking to my friends and ignoring my children to keep tabs on other parents in the park.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    What would i think? Absolutely nothing. Because that could be my 3 year old. Some times she is so tired and overwhelmed when we go out that I need her to chill for a few minutes and watch paw patrol. It calms her down. And means I can have 5 minutes to have a chat without dealing with a meltdown.

    I'm sure others would think I'm the worst mum in the world. Guess what I'm not. I'm doing what's right for me at that time. My kids get a lot of outside time and play time and sometimes the phone comes out particularly if the older siblings want to stay longer and she's exhausted and had enough.
    This!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustJaq View Post
    *gets popcorn*
    Sweet and salty? Butter? Or lightly salted?

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    Quote Originally Posted by twinklify View Post
    Sweet and salty? Butter? Or lightly salted?
    *stuffs face full of ALL THE POPCORN* 😉

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    I honestly don't pay attention /care what other people's kids do unless they are annoying mine! So it wouldn't bother me as I probably wouldn't even notice

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    I probably wouldn't even notice to be honest. I have 4 kids between 2 and 6, with one on the spectrum. It's not unusual for him to sit quietly on his own in the corner (like a literal corner on the fence) while my other kids play so I would assume hers is a similar situation. And when my child needs his space, he absolutely cannot handle me giving him attention so it would make more sense for me to leave him be and talk to my friends (if I had any... ). He doesn't use my phone or anything just because he doesn't need it, but I can absolutely say he would get it if he *needed* it. But I would still have to stay at the park for my other kids.

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