A lot of parents opt to send their kids to daycare to watch after them while they’re at work all day. But sometimes, drop off and pick up can be a hassle for some parents.
In quite a few cases, parents are either just starting or finishing their workday, which means they still might need to check emails or take phone calls while picking up their kids from daycare.
But even with the multitasking abilities parents maintain, sometimes it’s hard to get all the kids ready to go when parents distracted by their phones.
This is why daycare workers are often telling parents to stay off their phones during pick-up or drop-off and one daycare even decided to post a sign on their window for parents to see:
“You are picking up your child! GET OFF YOUR PHONE!!!! Your child is happy to see you! Are you happy to see your child?? We have seen children trying to hand their parents the work they completed and the parent is on the phone. We have heard a child say ‘Mommy, mommy, mommy…’ and the parent is paying more attention to their phone than their own child. it is appalling. Get off your phone!!” the sign read.
After the post was posted on Facebook, people were well and truly divided in their opinions.
While some were in complete support of it:
“I think this is fantastic, and banning phones when picking up your child is great but the way this is worded is awful it’s like they are actually talking down to you! Thankfully my child is in a school where the teacher & parent relationship is just as good as the teacher & child so we all speak to each other with respect!” one parent wrote.
“I love this and unfortunately it is so true! Parents ignore kids and don’t watch them as they should!” another said.
Others were against the sign:
“Yeah… except when that call is work. And your family relies on your income. And I get off before 5 to pick up my kid, on the understanding that I have to still be available if needed. My point is – we judge too much. I HATE phones. But how do you pretend to know what is actually important versus just your assumption? My husband also has some serious health issues. Should I not answer his calls or texts when I’m at the daycare just so YOU (the person I PAY to care for my child) think I’m paying enough attention to him?” one parent hit back with.
What do you think about the stern sign? Do you think parents should spend less time on their phones?