When I headed off to college my mom had two ways of connecting with me. 1) She could call me in my dorm room, and if the planets were properly aligned, she’d get me on the phone. 2) A letter. How did we survive.
Today’s parents have a plethora of electronic ways to “stay connected” with their kids at any given moment of any given day. Thing is, it takes persistence and practice to successfully back off
Moms and dads can be seen pushing strollers with one hand and chatting on their cell with the other. I wonder. Is that phone call really that important? Probably not. What about the simple act of bonding with our children? Talking, pointing out flowers and birds, the cool cloud formations and the “other” parents pushing their kids in strollers while talking on their cell phones
Sure there’s no laws preventing us from hanging with our little ones with a phone in our ear and there shouldn’t be, yet somehow I raised two well-adjusted kids and made a point of not letting life’s electronic interruptions get in our way. How did we survive? Okay, you got me. Cell phones weren’t around much when my kids were young, only car phones and the occasional bulky, portable NASA tested, shoulder harnessed talking device that gave one the feeling of real coolness.
Today, it’s easy to tweet, twitter, email, text and talk to one another 24/7. The real challenge for us is to stay connected the old fashioned way-talking face to face. Sound yucky? Feeling a bit cheated? Human communications have taken huge leaps in the past 20 years. It’s difficult but not impossible to step back, put the phone down and interact with our loved ones the old fashioned way-talking. They deserve our undivided attention.
Enough for now. My dog, Jazz is staring at me looking for attention and some serious scratching behind his ears. Gotta go!