Girls chat on smart phones
As babies sit in puschairs
Starved of attention.
I notice these days as I wander about that everyone seems to be on the phone chatting. Of course smart phones are wonderful in emergencies or for generally keeping in touch when away from home. But the one time I get really upset is when I see a young mum or dad with a precious baby in a pram, or a toddler pottering alongside them, being IGNORED! This time before children start school is so special and it will never come back. I wish I could say to the parents or carers, “Please put the phone away and talk to the child!” I would say that conversation is one of the most basic needs that every child has a right to. It stimulates interest in their surroundings; develops their relationships; makes them feel safe, loved and cared for; promotes curiosity; and opens the way to learning. Tone of voice used, making eye contact and paying attention to the child are really important factors in encouraging his or her self confidence and self esteem. Conversation also increases the child’s vocabulary and their speaking and listening skills, which are vital first steps towards learning.
So please do yourself and your child a favour “TURN OFF YOUR PHONE & TALK TO YOUR CHILD!”