Again a similar story but a Stay at home mom here.
Technology is a boon and has opened up so many new avenues for us, While it brings a host of answers to any questions we have- the baby is teething- google it, diapers are over- order it online, book the appointment for next vaccination through the net, need stuff for the science project- all the desired information is available at the tap of a button, Parenting dilemma? A host of answers and people willing to listen and discuss are there. Parenting blogs- so many of them on any and every topic you can imagine. But its not without its side effects.
We often find it difficult to switch off . The urge to check our facebook status, whatsapp or that mail from office is forever looming over our heads. We would be really dumb not to realise that our kids are not watching or are too innocent to follow us, In a experiment that was conducted over kids engrossed in play in the playground while their parents/nannies watched, it was observed that when parents tend to get too involved in their own world which is mostly in their smart phones these days, the kids were more likely to fall prey to accident, take greater risk and get injured as compared to those kids who knew they were being watched over.
It was really heartening to read a short facebook post today where small kids were asked to write an essay on “What I wish” and a little boy wrote “i wish I was a smart phone so that Mommy and Daddy would always carry me with them, at the sound of a beep their face would light up, they would laugh and would never let me be out of sight. The moment they cant find me around, they would get agittated and would heave a sigh of relief as soon as they caught a glimpse of me”. It shook me up and made me think – How right this little boy is, I wouldn’t want my daughter ever to think anything remotely close to that. She is 1 year old now but she senses things, recognises stuff and can decipher actions. While I did take the liberty of stealing a glance at how my blogs were faring or whats trending on twitter, or looked longingly at that pair of gorgeous shoes the millionth time waiting for it to come on disocunt, I felt the need to stop myself. STOP. Before its too late, Resist the temptation for it is only one created by me, Twitter, blogs and the shoes can wait but not her childhood. Not these moments. They would be gone in the blink of an eye. And I would yearn for them but sadly they wont come back.
So lets soak in each moment and create beautiful memories with our babies, re live our childhood, laugh more, play more and forge that bond which only happen when we wholeheartedly invest our time in the relation. The email can wait, the company will not close down if we do not reply to it , the whatsapp message can wait as well and so can that tweet of yours.
Switch off before it too late.