April 15, 2010
I recently came across a great commentary on Air Force News, “Children Deserve Our Full Attention,” written by Paula Tracy, family advocacy outreach manager at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., for the Month of the Military Child.
The grandmother says she is concerned that “good parents – great parents, even” are spending too much time with their electronic devices and too little time with their children.
“There appears to be less and less direct interaction between parent and child, and more parental communication and ‘guidance’ from behind a cell phone, mp3 player or computer,” Tracy writes.
Tracy wonders whether small children understand that their parents love them when they can’t make eye contact because mom and/or dad are always looking at a device screen.
“I may be ruffling some feathers out there, and that’s OK with me,” Tracy writes.
I really enjoyed Tracy’s commentary, especially her closing admonition to “put the cell phones down. Stop texting. Turn off the computer. Turn to your children and look at them, face to face.”
For more on the Month of the Military Child, check out American Forces Press Service Special Report: Month of the Military Child.