Before I had a smart phone I used to read a book or knit at the park. Seriously - knit.
Actually I still knit at the park who am I kidding.
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12-03-2013 22:01 #81
12-03-2013 23:21 #82Senior Member
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^ me too!
We usually spend a good few hours at he park. Mostly I am playing with my kids but I do get out my book or iPhone for a few minutes. Why shouldn't I get to relax too? My kids are happy to play with or without me.
Good luck to any Judgy pants who dare to glare at me while I read or play on my phone. They will only do it once. My kids, my parenting choices, none of your f'n business
12-03-2013 23:38 #83
I wonder if people would be so harsh if the mum was reading a book, or doing some knitting? I don't think the children are being neglected because the mum is not watching for a few minutes.
ETA: boobycino I just read your post about knitting! I sure as hell will be doing my knitting when DS gets a bit older!
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13-03-2013 00:49 #84Senior Member
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Well I have an iphone, and maybe some days at home I do get a bit engrossed in it. BUT when I'm out and about, say, DD is at swimming, I find it nice to be able to actually talk to other parents of children who are having swimmin lessons too. I actually find it not very nice on the occasions that EVERYONE around me is on their phone! Seems antisocial to me. Or when u visit someone but they cant be bothered talking to u and would rather play with their phone the whole time. To me that is rude. But I get the whole needing a break thing, I do it too.
13-03-2013 01:09 #85
I have no problem with people using their phones while their kids are playing. I do it. I do have a problem with people not supervising their kids while they are busy with their phones. At the playground today there was a mum there with 3 kids, a little bub in a pram and 2 toddlers. She looked up and realised one kid was over near one car park, left the other 2 to go and get him, came back, head back in phone, looked up, whoops other toddler almost at the other car park. At one stage one of the kids was about to ride his trike down the stairs on the play equipment but no attention was being paid so I stopped him. I get that having 3 kids must be rough but in an open playground and where your kids are playing at opposite ends of the playground, that is really not a good time to divert your attention if you can avoid it. FTR, there is water nearby too. Hell, even without the phone I would have struggled to keep track of these 2.
13-03-2013 02:44 #86
Eh. I must be the worst parent in the world. I am on my phone an awful lot. Home and away. Hell I am posting at 3:40am in the morning when I should be sleeping.
But I think back when I was young, before smart phones and what have you. My Mum hardly payed me any attention when we went to parks and what have you, as she was reading a book, doing a puzzle, talking to a friend. Making lunch.
Not really different from what I do now. Only now I have the convenience of my friends, books, puzzles all conveniently located on my iPhone.
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13-03-2013 10:00 #87
I detest the park but go because DS loves it. If it wasn't for my phone to entertain me for some of it the trip would be a lot quicker than is it!
13-03-2013 15:21 #88
Ahh for godsakes!
Yet another thing to be judged on by fellow women.
Makes me sick.
Who says an iphone means you're on FB or Twitter?
First and foremost it's a phone isn't it?
That mother could have been texting a family member or friend, helping them through a hard time, and maybe they
were at the playground for her to get some quiet time to do exactly that???
I have an iphone but I rarely use it, only for text messaging and photos really.
Just before Christmas I was at the park with DS1 (4yrs old)
and I received a text from my sis who was on her way over to visit.
So, I look up to check on DS1, he's happily playing way down the other end of the playground so I open the text, next thing BANG!
DS1 is on the ground in front of me, having run the length of the playground and directly into the path of a spider web swing.
Uprooted and dumped on the ground in no time at all.
His screams brought the playground to a standstill.
All eyes were on me as I jumped up to get him, phone in hand.
Yep, I felt sh!tty for sure, and it was a lesson learnt (for me and my child),
but god help any one who may have made a comment
about me not paying attention or what ever.
I am allowed to be MY biggest critic, no one else.
These mother's who blog and pass judgement need a swift kick up the backside.
Get a life!
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13-03-2013 16:54 #90
I just draw the line at swimming. I have been to the pool and local lake and witnessed mum's on phones with children as young as 2 or 3 are in the water. That's where you need total supervision. I stopped a 3 year old from drowning whilst on holiday once, parents were not watching and it was scary. I did not say something to them after finding them just made sure the girl was ok and left. So I think it's fine to check and read your phone, just not by the water.
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