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Am I the ONLY one?

Monday, November 19, 2012

I need to make this short and sweet, but I am concerned as should you. Although, the new technology can be a wonderful thing, I find it disconcerting to see most people with their faces glued to their cell phones. Let me state an example:

Today we took our beloved GD to the park by her house. There were 2 other mothers there with a young child each - I would guess, 2- 3yr old range. Both mothers had their fancy cell phones up and in their actually had her back to the area her young child was playing. Really? Isn't the park supposed to be a "SOCIAL" environment to teach children to interact as well as get some physical exercise? No wonder children get snatched away.."I just looked away for a moment" the mother will say on the news. Really? You NEVER looked up until your child cried out "Mommy, Mommy, stuck stuck!" Really? emoticon emoticon

But it does not stop there, what about in the stores? The child is in a seat facing the parent- it is their job to teach, to interact, but instead I see most parents talking on cell phones and hushing the poor little child in front of them. What is this generation of children going to be like as they age? I fear for the social skills of the future, it's bad enough presently as there is very little courtesy and manners any more with the adults in today's world. emoticon

Well, it irritates me to no end, but all I can do is pray - pray the parents of this nation wake up and put down your darn cell phones. There is a precious life you brought into this world right in front of you, they will be gone before you know it and you will have plenty of time then to be unsociable with your nose in your cell phone! emoticon

Thanks for "listening". I'm getting off my soap box now! emoticon

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MAZZYR 11/20/2012 11:42AM

    I hear you. I recently went to a restaurant where a dad (maybe single) was having dinner with his children. He was on a cell phone and his children were playing computer games while eating. No conversation. Sad.

Lol, now I'm off my soapbox too.


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SAMI199 11/20/2012 12:23AM


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JAMER123 11/20/2012 12:14AM

    Yes, you are so right!! My kids are on their phones a lot BUT I don't see the granddaughters being neglected. They are the focus of their parents. When you look around, it is quite obvious other parents aren't quite up to those standards. Who do they blame when or if a child gets hurt or abducted??
Sending my prayers that moms & dads see what they are doing.
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EVWINGS 11/20/2012 12:00AM

    Yo are so right! Thank you for sharing this important blog.

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NORASPAT 11/19/2012 11:34PM

    I harp on about this all the time. I was waiting on a corner to go to the right. There was a mother and child waiting to cross, The mother was on the phone, She turned to look at me I was kind of behind her line of vision so the child saw her move and he moved too right in to the road. She grabbed him roughly and began to yell at him I was furious I just wanted to get out and give her a piece of my mind. Then she started across the road holding the child's collar and still on the phone. The car behind blasted his horn and I left . I am so with you, no wonder so many children do not mind their parents and have poor vocabulary except for the things they listen to when their mother is talking to others OH BOY they will have a rude awakening some day. HUGS Thanks for getting it out there. Pat in Maine.

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TEMPENATIVE 11/19/2012 11:28PM

    Not the only one! i had a friend who called me at home and said 'i had been sending you texts but you never answered so I thought I should call you' and I was like yeah its my home phone. At least she cared enough to finally dial. I have another 'friend' who doesnt answer her cell phone, or listen to her messages or have a land line, yep if you want to talk to her you have to text, i say 'whatever!' my cell is a prepay because i cant see the d#$M point in spending $100 a month for a toy. and when i do have it on, its also for my convenience, not the whole world. so people can text me and think I'm ignoring them for weeks on end, no its just i havent paid for service on my phone because i choose not to-FREEDOM! if they really want to talk to me they can call my home phone-its been the same for over a decade. well, i rarely get any calls these days, apparently because its too much bother. and im not THAT old, i just turned 39.

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PURPLESPEDCOW 11/19/2012 10:31PM

    I agree. Luckily, my children understand the proper use of the cell phones and when we are together, they don't use the phone unless it is very important (ie. husband calling DD, school calling DS) and then they keep it short. They talk to their children and are old school when it comes to toys as well.
I totally hate cell phones at the park, in the mall, and in restaurants.

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CUPCAKE2CARROTS 11/19/2012 10:30PM

    My friends get upset with me because I never answer my cell phone (and they never think to call the house phone). I have explained to them that my cell phone is rarely with me and if it is, it's on vibrate. I always leave it in the car or in my bag on vibrate.. My cell phone is for me and for emergencies. My cellphone is for my convenience not theirs. Silly people... emoticon

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PATTIE441 11/19/2012 9:42PM

    Oh girl! I am so with you! I didn't really go into detail, but the lady that hit me with her car, was actually on her cell phone and disciplining her kids at the same day. She wasn't paying attention at the red light and should of at least put her car in park while all that was going on. And now, when I finally get over my fear of walking, I still run into problems at red lights being on their cell phones turning and driving fast. The doctor at the hospital is actually trying to get a petition or work out something with the state to ban cell phones while driving, or face a fine. It is starting up in more states. But I think there are seriously going to be more accidents and deaths before they realize what a problem it is. Thak you so much girl for bringing this up. Awesome blog and awesome you! Woo hoo!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon And it is so terribly sad to see it at the park with their children. They need to focus on their kids. I am so blessed to have my grandson at the park and appreciate the true joy of my grandson! I wish more people would be able to do that with their children. emoticon emoticon

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SHERIO5 11/19/2012 8:47PM

    I agree 100%....

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TXGRANDMA 11/19/2012 7:49PM

    I agree, completely! So many parents these days ignore their children, or worse yet, abuse them. To think that these people are out there and able to vote and drive! You have to wonder where they were when the genes for love and compassion were passed out! emoticon

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MJZHERE 11/19/2012 7:48PM

    I have been in the room where the young adults were texting each other - and they were all in the room together. I would not have believed it if I had not been there to see it myself.

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TERRIEHICKSFIT 11/19/2012 7:43PM

    You are so right and it is scarey! My oldest son broke his cell phone so we decided to not buy him one for awhile and he was like how am I going to talk to my friends. I cannot text them. I was like I do not know how about you talk to them in school....he thought I was hilarious.

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BECKYSFRIEND 11/19/2012 7:21PM

    I agree-it is sad how people can only talk to someone by cell phone or texting.

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1TRULYBLESSED 11/19/2012 7:09PM

    Amen, Sister!!!

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WAREAGLEGIRL 11/19/2012 7:08PM

    I completely agree. It is getting ridiculous. I'm a child psychology major and this is a very big topic in all of my classes!

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MSLZZY 11/19/2012 7:08PM

    Point taken and my kids are grown. Maybe
I taught them something valuable before we
all had cell phones.

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PARKERB2 11/19/2012 7:05PM

    good point. My kid is grown but I do have grandchildren to think of. Have a great day.

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ALYSSADANNIELE 11/19/2012 7:05PM

    I agree, wholeheartedly!! I am a mama of 3 beautiful cherubs and was raised in an old school [a.k.a. anti-technology] household. I can appreciate the validity of your argument and am definitely saddened to see the very same thing, on what seems to be a daily basis.

All we can do is educate and enlighten, when possible [like your blog] and spread the infectious high of genuine love and concern to our family members.

Thank you for this blog! I pray the right eyes are opened to its message.

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