Don’t Text While Parenting – It Will Make You Cranky
March 10, 2014
Source - TIME Magazine
It’s hard to avoid the lure of the smartphone – so many apps! – and if you’re a parent with rambunctious kids, you may not want to. But a fascinating study of the dynamic between parents, kids and smartphones paints a sobering picture of what the devices are doing to the parent-child relationship. While the study did not code or quantify the reactions, the researchers found that there were “a lot of instances where there was very little interaction, harsh interaction or negative interaction” between the adults and the children. “That’s simply unfair to the children,” says Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson of Seattle Children’s and author of the Seattle Mama Doc blog.