This image has been bopping around on social media - a notice of a Daycare telling parents to get off their cell phones when dropping off or picking up their children.
Here is what the notice says:
"You are picking up your child!
GET OFF YOUR PHONE!!!!
Your child is happy to see you! Are you happy to see your child??
We have seen children trying to hand their parents their work they completed and the parent is on the phone. 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.
Get off your phone!!"
How do you feel about that? I know the message has only the best intentions, and they are trying to get parents to recognize that paying attention to your kids (who are hurtling towards you at break-neck speeds when they are done school) is seriously important at this time of day. They are worthy of our undivided attention, 100%. I would never disagree with that!
But sometimes I understand that an emergency at work, or a work call is important too. We try so hard to do our best for our children, while working full-time jobs. So maybe 1 out of 10 times you have to make a call or shoot a text message. Maybe seeing a message posted like this could really ruffle your feathers.
Daycare centers and schools around the world could put up a friendlier notice regarding pick-up and drop-off times requiring your phone to be put away. Perhaps they could even sent a cute little note home about the circumstances. I do cringe when I see the same parent on their phone the entire time, every day at pick-up time. But who am I to judge?
How would you have felt if this notice was posted at your child's school? What is your view on keeping the phone put away during these times?