Put down your phone and look at me

Technology is interfering with this, rather than helping.

By BATYA L. LUDMAN
July 21, 2016 11:50
Man using smartphone

Man using smartphone. (photo credit: ING IMAGE/ASAP)

 
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A long time ago in a faraway land, there lived a three-year-old boy who made the mistake of stubbornly choosing to watch television when his mother wanted to take him to the park. The boy was given a warning that he would “lose” the TV if he chose not to turn it off after the show ended, and thus began a new chapter in parenting.

The little boy saw the TV put away in the closet. Once his addictive symptoms subsided and the tantrums diminished, he became the most creative little boy around. Between his Lego, Playmobile, erector sets, crayons and paper, he also seemed to be much happier. His parents were happier as all the fights about television ended. Months later, but with new rules, this creative little boy got rewarded with a few hours each week of television time and everyone remained happy. In addition, the adults never missed the TV, the Internet, a smartphone or anything else, because after all, the ’80s was a different time and place. While complaining about never having enough hours in the day, the family always ate dinner together, played, read nightly bedtime stories, and had lots of wonderful uninterrupted parent-child time.

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