Why do I see mothers sit and play on their phones at playgrounds and ignore their children?

– Xochielt Sanchez

Answer by Peter Flom:

Not much to add to the good answers already but:

1. It is, in most situations, very hard to see someone ignoring something.
2. Good parents give their kids both roots and wings.
3. A lot depends on the age of the kid. When my younger son was 2, I watched him a lot and hardly sat down (unless he was also sitting). At 7, I hardly watched him at all. He knew what to do and where I was.
4. It also depends on the kid. Some kids want and/or need more supervision than others. Many kids prefer to play with other kids.
5. Even if a parent's eyes are on a phone, their ears may be on their kid.

Why do I see mothers sit and play on their phones at playgrounds and ignore their children?

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