Look away from the screen

I was at the park the other day with the girls. As we arrived on the scene I was looking around, surveying those in attendance that lovely January afternoon. and something caught my attention. Every parent or caregiver, male and female alike, was looking down. Not at a child playing in the sand box, but at their glowing screens. iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, PDA, whatever your poison, we all have one and we are all, for the most part, way too attached to it. What happened to taking your kids to play and actually playing with them?

The next day we were at the Children’s Museum. Same adult issue. Instead of participating in their child’s experience and discovery, almost every adult was staring and manipulating their hand-held device in some way. The most surprising thing I witnessed was a woman playing solitaire while her children played happily around her. Weird right? Well, weird or not, many of us have developed an unhealthy addiction to our hand-helds.

Stop the madness, or at least leave it in the car next time you are at the park with your kids. Please, look away from the screen. Look up! Look around you. Don’t miss your children learning to navigate the monkey bars, or discovering the joys of the big kid slide. Don’t miss them making a new friend, and don’t miss them looking for you to witness those “see what I can do now, Mommy!” moments.

Look away from the screen and see what you may be missing. That email, call, tweet, text, or whatever can wait, your right now cannot. Engage the here and now people you are physically with in this moment. The results may surprise you.

Elizabeth Montgomery James

After living in California for several years, Beth and her husband, Rod, relocated to Florida, to live, work, and play. They have two adorable daughters, and Beth is very involved with her children’s schools as a parent volunteer, Daisy troupe, and other community organizations such as the Junior League. Beth enjoys crafts, yoga and fitness, as well as a nice glass of Chardonnay. Beth is a graphic designer who has worked on national and international ad campaigns for top consumer brands, and now brings her talents to a variety of projects in and around Central Florida. In addition for bringing classic elegance to everything she touches, Beth has a natural talent for making everything pretty, from kids’ birthday parties to her garden.

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One Response to “Look away from the screen”

  1. J — January 27, 2011 @ 9:23 am (#



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