I need my iPhone. I need the connection to the outside world. Human interaction.
I spend 14 hours out of my day with a 3 year old and a 18 month old. Sometimes the most intelligent conversation revolves around me saying “don’t put your finger in there”, or “don’t pull her hair” or “take that out of your mouth”.
And I know I’m one of those sad Mums who gets to the supermarket and has a full on, life conversation with the checkout lady. I just hope she thinks “Oh she’s a Mum, she doesn’t really get to talk to many adults”.
Years ago, before computers, before the internet, Mums were doing their own thing to keep sane. Reading books, newspapers, magazines. Doing crossword puzzles. Talking on the phone. Writing letters.
There is always something.
Don’t hammer the parent who chooses to check their FB page, or read the news on their phone. Parents have been doing something similar for years – it’s just that the medium has changed.
If my kids are playing happily, and heaven forbid all the housework is done, then I will be on my phone. As long as my children aren’t killing each other, it’s not necessary for me to play with them all the time. They do actually need to learn to do things together (or by themselves.
And then, at the end of the day, when my kids are in bed, I read the news on my phone. In bed (ooooooh such a rebel).
I say, do whatever keeps you sane. Check your Facebook. Read the news. Have adult interaction whatever way you can.
Roll with it. As I said in the first sentence, times change. Who know’s what we will have in 10 years time. I’m crossing my fingers for holograms. Channing Tatum looking holograms ……
In a nutshell, we are so lucky to have the internet. Embrace it.