We’ve all seen it – the child desperately trying to steal their parent’s attention away from their mobile phone. One childcare centre has had enough of children being ignored by their device-distracted parents, taking a stand with a brutally honest note to mums and dads.
And one mum’s decision to share the note has taken the message across the globe.
‘Are you happy to see your child?’
The note, which was posted to Facebook by US mum Juliana Farris Mazurkewicz, starts off with a rather abrupt message, ‘You are picking up your child, get off the phone! Your child is happy to see you! Are you happy to see your child??’.
It’s straight to the point and jarring, but from what the daycare centre has witnessed, sorely needed.
‘We have seen children trying to hand their parents their work they completed and the parent is on the phone.’ The note continues: ‘We have heard a child say ‘Mommy, mommy, mommy…’ and the parent is paying more attention to their phone than their own child. It is appalling.’
More than one million shares
Ms Farris Mazurkewicz told The Healthy Mummy that her post has definitely hit a nerve with parents – it’s now been shared more than one million times.
As for the parents at her daycare centre, MsFarris Mazurkewicz explains, “I haven’t heard many parents reactions personally, but the daycare said that it’s been mostly positive.”
However, some of the comments on the post claim the sign is insulting:
“So when did a phone call become the measurement of whether a person is a good parent or not? Some people can multitask. Also, you don’t need a cellphone to ignore your child. How many of us are thinking about dinner or what we have to do next and don’t hear our kids asking a question? Happens all the time. The sign was rude.”
“Unlike teachers or daycare workers, the parent may be a working professional who is answerable to clients outside of daycare or school hours. Unfortunately, their pressures may be much higher than a daycare worker or school teacher and may not be able to give immediate attention to their child. What a ridiculous poster to hang.”
The argument is one that’s been debated for as long as mobile phones have been in existence – we’ve previously explored mums feeling guilty about being on their phones while feeding, and the mobile phone drowning warning.