I was at Miami Children’s Hospital (I LOVE this hospital) at the Gastro’s office with my First-Born (Nie) and my GrandHon on Wednesday, and I saw something extremely interesting/sad to me.
The office was full of children and parents waiting very patiently. First I noticed that 85% of the children were entertained by some type of electronic device, secondly, I noticed that 10% of them were engrossed on what the Disney channel was showing, and 5% of them were going wild. Here is the interesting part, there was a blond lady on her computer, nothing wrong with that, I was on my iPad the entire THREE hours for the most part, however, she was engrossed in her computer and didn’t realize that her children were going totally crazy, I stared at her to see if I could get her attention and nothing happened. Whatever she was looking at was way more important than her two boys. Then, there was another lady who came in, signed in, and left her son in one part of the doctor’s office and went to sit at another part of the office. That was astonishing to me as the child could not have been more than 5 years old. These boy started wrestling with one of the blond boys and was hurting him. Another lady had to tell him to stop because the little boy was getting super rough! Mind you, neither one of the parents said anything, well one of them couldn’t even see what was happening anyway. I even said out loud, well, if she doesn’t say anything I guess it must be okay, and she still didn’t look up. Now to her defense I did say it in Spanish, maybe she didn’t speak Spanish who knows!
Once they called us in the room, Nie was chasing my GranHon all over the office and she comes back in the room to tell me how the blond lady is now in a room as well with her two boys and on the computer while one of her sons was walking on the ledge of the window!
Come on Parents! We MUST do BETTER than that!!!!!
Children should not have to sacrifice so that we can have the life we want! We have to commit ourselves to our children. Having children and raising them right is a FULL TIME JOB! Period!
If you want to do it right, you have to give up your time! That is truly the ONLY way!
Certified Professional Life Coach
Who among us hasn’t been annoyed by the “pesky” kids running amuk in public places. I remember going to a high end restaurant and a couple ignored their two children while they screamed, kicked, ran around and generally annoyed the patrons. Even the nanny couldn’t quiet them. You are on point. Parents are on duty 24/7, especially in public places. Children need and deserve it!
I always say, is easy having children, is raising them, where the challenges begin!
I think that the problem is that parents are too young and most of them haven´t the necessary patient to spend time with their children. Its easier give them an electronic device than read them a tale. I agree with you. Best regards from Spain
You are 100%! The person I am as an Abuelita is not the same person I was when NieCat were growing up.