MOORE — Q: Hi, I’m an eighth-grader and have a little sister in fifth grade. We love our mom and dad. They are always on their cell phones. When they ask us about how school was that day, we don’t think they even listen to our answers. We feel ignored and miss how we used to be when I was younger. We don’t want them mad at us, but how can we make them understand?
— B and B, Moore
Dear B and B,
Your email made us sad. This is such a huge problem in today’s technology centered society. How awesome that you all realize what is going on and want to change it. We hope other parents as well as yours will read this and realize what they are doing to their children, which is missing out on time that can never be regained.
Talking to your parents and telling them how you feel is a great start. Be positive and say something like, “I really miss talking to you because it seems like you’re always on your phone” instead of “why do you always ignore me?”
You might also show them this article and let them read for themselves how you are feeling. This would be a good icebreaker to start the conversation.
For parents in general, studies have shown that parent/child bonding is negatively affected by the extended use of mobile devices. Please put your phones down and spend quality time with your family while you can … and don’t use devices as a babysitter. You won’t be sorry.
Q: My wife and I have tried to communicate through email with one of our daughter’s teachers, with little success. We feel that our daughter is not respected and not receiving the grades she deserves.