How to Miss a Childhood

  • Keep your phone turned on at all times of the day. Allow the rings, beeps, and buzzes to interrupt your child midsentence; always let the caller take priority.
  • Carry your phone around so much that when you happen to leave it in one room your child will come running with it proudly in hand — treating it more like a much needed breathing apparatus than a communication device.
  • Decide the app you’re playing is more important than throwing the ball in the yard with your kids. Even better, yell at them to leave you alone while you play your game.
  • Take your children to the zoo and spend so much time on your phone that your child looks longingly at the mother who is engaged with her children and wishes she was with her instead.
  • While you wait for the server to bring your food or the movie to start, get out your phone and stare at it despite the fact your child sits inches away longing for you talk to him.
  • Go to your child’s sporting event and look up periodically from your phone thinking she won’t notice that you are not fully focused on her game.
  • Check your phone first thing in the morning even before you kiss, hug, or greet the people in your family.
  • Neglect daily rituals like tucking your child into bed or nightly dinner conversation because you are too busy with your online activity.
  • Don’t look up from your phone when your child speaks to you or just reply with an ’uh huh” so she thinks you were listening.
  • Lose your temper with your child when he ’bothers” you while you are interacting with your hand-held electronic device.
  • Give an exasperated sigh when your child asks you to push her on the swing. Can’t she see you’re busy?
  • Use drive time to call other people regardless of the fact you could be talking to your kids about their day — or about their worries, their fears, or their dreams.
  • Read email and text messages at stoplights. Then tell yourself that when your kids are old enough to drive they won’t remember you did this all the time.
  • Have the phone to your ear when she gets in or out of the car. Convince yourself a loving hello or goodbye is highly overrated.

A nice post, shared by my sister, very much in line with my earlier post. Man, I am a little ashamed to admit that I have done some of the things on this list. Now, I just have to not do them.