She Was Sitting Down Watching Her Young Twins, That’s When She Realizes The Disturbing Truth..

Kids are like sponges. They absorb information without even trying. It can make an adult student jealous. Take foreign languages and music for example. If a child grows up in a dual language household or gets tutored, they can speak multiple languages with ease.
But children begin soaking up knowledge and things from their environment long before they can speak or read. They learn by watching and observing. They learn what works and what doesn’t by experience. They’re little learning machines.
With the abundance of technology available to us and our children, we have yet to know how it will affect them. Distraction is now a way of life and seems to correspond with the rise of ADHD and other similar attention disorders.
But if we use our smartphones in front of our kids, does that affect them? One mom decided to find out…
Brandie Wood would often surf the internet on her smartphone in front of her twin boys. But one day in November 2015, she decided to put the phone down and just watch her 4-year-olds play. She wanted to see what would happen.
Instead of gluing herself to her smartphone, as the young mother usually would, she took a paper and pen. You know the things that you write with. Just kidding…

She sat at the table as her twins played on the floor. Then mom did something interesting…

Every time her boys looked in her direction, she marked a tally on the paper. Whether they sought approval or disapproval or just wanted to make sure their mom was still there, wasn’t clear. But one thing was. Brandie’s kids were paying attention to everything she did.
Brandie was shocked by the results of her experiment. She had learned a valuable lesson that day. That her kids needed her to be present with them. Every time she was on her smartphone, she was ignoring her kids. She was distancing herself from them. She wasn’t showing them her love.

She shared the following on Facebook along with a picture of 28 tally marks on paper…

“Today I did an experiment, I watched my boys play. As I sat quietly in the corner of the room I tallied how many times they looked at me for various reasons: to see if I saw their cool tricks, to seek approval or disapproval for what they were doing, and to watch my reactions. I couldn’t help but wonder if I was on some sort of technology what message would I have been sending? 28 times my angels would have wondered if the World Wide Web was more important than them. 28 times my boys would have not received the attention most adults are searching for. 28 times my loves would have questioned if they were alone emotionally. 28 times my kids would have been reassured that who you are online is what really matters. In a world where we are accepted as who people perceive us to be and not who we really are, in a world where validation comes from how many followers or likes we have, in a world where quality time with loved ones is being replaced by isolation and text messages from the other room, I beg you to be different. Please put down your technology and spend some time with your family & loved ones. The next generation of children is counting on us to teach them how to be adults, don’t be too busy on social media, you never know who is watching and what message you are sending.”

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