Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Parenting

I know that all the youngsters have mobile phones and can't seem to do anything without it being glued to their ear, I even have a phone. But I have discovered a couple of bad points about them. First off we now have a generation of children who cannot problem solve, for example if I missed my last bus home when I was a teenager it was up to me to get myself home, I had to think about it and solve the problem. Now all a child has to do is call home and mummy or daddy will come rushing out to pick them up - can't have little Johnny/Janie walking the streets with all those muggers and rapists. This is wrong because there are no more muggers and rapists and child molesters out there then there ever was, this is not new it is just reported more and gives children and parents a false sense of insecurity and does not foster independence in children.

Mobile phones are noisy and other peoples conversations tend to be boring and inconsequential - my conversations on the other hand are witty, intelligent and insightful.

Mobile phones can take your attention from what you are supposed to be doing. Young lady presented with child who was patient. Child playing happily in our play area, mum playing happily with her mobile phone - texting or playing games but engrossed in what she was doing. Child shouts out "Mummy I need the toilet" loudly and several times. I was aware of this but was busy and did not pay a whole lot of attention. Mum paid no attention to this at all and continued what she was doing. Little one had no choice but to do toilet in our play area despite toilet being about 20 feet away and clearly marked 'Children's Toilet'. When this was pointed out to mum what was her reaction?............ Nothing, did not bother her at all. Even when we challenged her behaviour we were met with a shrug of the shoulders. And who do you think cleaned up the mess?............. Yes the staff. So, how much chance do you think that this little one has for the future when her mother can't even take care of her toileting needs ahead of the mum's need to text?

7 comments:

Chapati said...

"This is wrong because there are no more muggers and rapists and child molesters out there then there ever was, this is not new it is just reported more and gives children and parents a false sense of insecurity and does not foster independence in children."

Haha, try telling my parents that! I'm 22 and they are still convinced that I'm in great peril everytime it gets dark - which these days is at 4pm!!

Mel Content said...
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Mel Content said...

What we really need to do is text 'good parenting advice' to the parents...as they book in at reception,and their cellphone number gets entered into the system,it should start a 'parent-text program' that includes reminders like "keep your f**king attention on your child"..."have they been to the toilet"..."when did you last tell them you loved them"..."stop smoking"

gab said...

Your right that mother and child will have no future together. Mom will tell daughter to do some thing and daughter will ignore her or vise versa.daughter will need something important and be ignored. My 13 year old grandson does have a cell but the rules are this: you can only use this phone to call when emergency(or to say grandma I need to stay after)he can only text his dad us (his grandparents) and his mom. He is not aloud to give the number to any of his friends. The only other one he has given it to with our premission is his "big Brother" If he doesnt follow the rules the cell is taken away and he doesnt get it back. So far it has worked. As for Mr Gab and myself we use mimunally (sorry about spelling). We do text to family members (not grandson)but when in car driving it is off. We only use it if we are parked somewheres.

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