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Old 22.03.2017, 12:08
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Re: Parents and thier phones

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As said before, totally different with toddlers. My comments were for school age children, from age 6 onwards.
As I said before, this only works, even with school age children, if both parents and all the children are at home at some point which enables them to eat togther.

Maybe it works when the 'coming home' parent is a doctor, maybe if the parent is a teacher, but it doesn't work when shift workers are involved, neither does it always function well when one works 'in the field'. A technician who gets stuck into the insides of a complicated machine, doesn't usually get up and go home leaving the pieces all over the office floor. Especially if said machine is a long way from home and he'll have to go back next day if he doesn't finish the job off. And I assure you that by the time he gets home, it is too late to start happy mealtime discussions.

Carpe diem is the name of the game. As MathNut does, grab opportunities when they occur. We ate breakfast all together for quite a few years, but then 'all got shook up' and it was no longer an option. For years I sometimes 'ate' several times, sitting down with whoever was having a meal.

I'm labouring the point as I hate the thought that young parents might feel concerned or feel guilty that they cannot follow 'good examples of caring parenthood'.

Put that phone away sometimes and spend time with your children. Listen to what they have to say. Enjoy it.

Granny is now off to do a bit of ironing...
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Old 22.03.2017, 12:17
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I'm labouring the point as I hate the thought that young parents might feel concerned or feel guilty that they cannot follow 'good examples of caring parenthood'.
^This, 100%.

I think at the end of the day, you can try to replicate what worked from your own childhood, and avoid what didn't. There is no such thing as perfect parenthood - at best you just make a different set of mistakes from those which your parents did.

If you talk to your parents you may well hear things like "We thought it would have the effect X, but it worked out differently" or that what you thought they were doing was something completely different to what they thought they were doing.
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Old 22.03.2017, 12:36
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Well the moral of the story is-give them both a Samsung 7-that will keep them busy until a new model comes out!
Isn't it the one that explodes?
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Re: Parents and thier phones

We all sit down for dinner at the same time (most of the time), but our neighbours don't. Two days a week, the kids have supper with mum and another 2 days, with dad. That's what happens with working parents who also need a bit of time off to do interesting things. Our kids are happy but so are theirs. In the end, there are many things that unite families: eating together just being one of them.
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Old 22.03.2017, 13:43
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Maybe parents are non swimmers and their child is have a swimming class?

Maybe parents are not on 13k a month in Novartis, have small business and need to answer that email that will pay for their child swimming lesson.

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Hi Guys

Just wanted to put this to the forum and see if anyone else has experienced this. I have recently notice that when i go to the playground or to the local swimming pool with my young children that i see other parents are sat on thier phones. For example when we go each week to my daughters swimming lesson, we go a couple of hours earlier and we take a ball and play in the swimming pool and so do a few other mums or dads. However the majority of mums who take thier young children to the swimming lessons are sat on the seating areas in thier bikinis or swim suits and are playing on thier phones. Also I noticed this at the playground. The mother or father will take thier kids to the playground and just sit there and play on thier phones or read a book. When I was in the UK last year at christmas time, we went to the local park and it was the complete opposite. Mums and dads were engaging with thier children and not sat around playing on thier phones. Is this a culture thing or just down to the parents. I am in the view to make the most of the time with my kids when they are small and to take them to do things and to play with them etc. Has anyone else experienced this?
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Old 22.03.2017, 14:02
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My sister perfected the I'm-so-hard-done-by "sulk and sigh" thing when she was at high school to such an effective level that her form teacher contacted my parents to gently find out what the problems at home were.
I meant to ask before.
Didn't they sign the Communication Pact at that school?

The parents promise not to believe all the lurid tales their children bring home about things which happen at school on the condition that the staff at school, for their part, promise not to believe everything the pupil says about home.
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I meant to ask before.
Didn't they sign the Communication Pact at that school?

The parents promise not to believe all the lurid tales their children bring home about things which happen at school on the condition that the staff at school, for their part, promise not to believe everything the pupil says about home.
I've never heard of that before today. That certainly would have saved the form teacher's cringeworthy phone call...
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I've never heard of that before today.
Not surprising you've never heard of it. I've only just 'invented' it.

I got the idea from an article about Kindergarten teachers and parents - and have stored the idea away in my head as a USEFUL THOUGHT for about forty years.
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Old 23.03.2017, 13:21
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Re: Parents and thier phones

I got these neighbours with two kids who are constantly in their company, being nagged at how to do things and how not to.
Today they were outside and again the mother ordered the 2.5 year old around, trying to stop it from doing something and the kid shoutet out: "No! I want to learn it!" And insisted on that by repeating it.
WHAT A KID! It's crazy to feel proud about someone who got nothing to do with me but somehow I felt that kid is gonna make it, in spite of it's parents.

I bet this girl dreams of parents who would concentrate on their handies - the more the better.

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