Last week I watched an epic blow-out in Central Park between a toddler and a cell phone. Mom was talking, and sort of playing, in a distracted way. Toddler grabbed Mom's arm, yanked, hard, grabbing for the cell phone. Annoyed and jealous of the way the phone commandeered attention. So I meditated on cell phones, parents, and children for my Time column this week, and I share it here.
Wow. Technology is addicting. There are times when I want to yank the phone out of friends' hands myself. This isn't the toddler in me. It is the adult, wanting the mindful company of another adult. No wonder the kids are mad. Every time I go out for a walk, I weigh up the option: cell phone or no? It is usually no, but to even have to ponder it makes me sad. Parenting can be really boring, but that is generally when the great stuff happens, too. So maybe we all need to consider putting away the cells from time to time.
(Image Credit: Sally Anscombe/Getty Images, courtesy of Time Magazine)