Dear Mom on Your iPhone…Blah Blah Blah. You know the drill. You probably read it – and either thought “Oh My God, I need to cancel my phone” (In that case stop reading – and go play with your kids) or “This is hilarious. That poor Mom being shamed probably just spent hours playing, feeding, caring for those kids at-home”
Give me a break. It’s the park, I’m the Mom in the phone. The park. A place where we come so the kids can play with the other kids and learn to play on their own, interacting with one another. Aside from the request for a push on the swings where I will happily get my shoes filled with sand for those awesome little people, I am going to take those few minutes of calm.
Every few months there’s this new momtroversy and right now it just happens to be the iPhone Moms who are out there god-forbid on their phones in the company of their children. There’s a big group of these holier than thou Moms out there placing the guilt on parents that frequently use the iPhone in front of their kids – and ignore them, obviously all day.
There’s some huge generalizations being made about this. Really Handsfree Mama? If I am working for a few hours out of the day and connecting with other Moms I am missing the chance to play? I am missing the chance to laugh? I am missing out on a childhood?
That makes me laugh.
These kids have a work at home mother that is capable and demonstrating an example of how Moms can do it and rock it. This mom answers emails, wipes butts and bribes the kids with chocolate bars while she has that ten minute phone call. They have a mom that has her phone close by for most of the day. A mom that uses it as a tool to reduce the time she spends in front of the laptop – and a Mom that can stay home with them, experiencing their childhood while making chalk paint and being a short order cook for breakfast, lunch and snacks in between. They have a mom that lays down with her toddler for every naptime and reads more books than she can recall in a day. They have a mom that has her phone close by – unless she misplaced it, like she does three times daily (minimum). They have a mom that battled postpartum depression and found solace in social media. They have a mom that is writing this as she’s getting climbed on by a thirteen month old. They have a rockstar Mom.
You Know what I’m doing on the iPhone?
- I’m planning meals for the kids/ for me
- I am buying movie tickets for date night. Do you know often we get date night? Not very freaking often.
- I am answering emails (you know, earning a living and all that) blogging, yadda, yadda, yadda
- I am banking
- I am sending emails to my kids that they can read in the future
- I am snapping pictures and videos (just follow me on instagram)
- I am reading parenting blogs, finding new information and working on the general self-improvement of this rockstar Mom
- I am interacting with other Moms via social media. Staying Sane. Mom not on your iPhone? You must start drinking that wine quite early in the morning
- I am catching up on the news. After all, it’s nothing but Disney Jr when the TV is on here for the hour a day around here – and when I talk to another adult I doubt they want to talk about the latest episode of Jake and the Neverland Pirates.