Hit pause for play

I recently observed our daughter-in-law study her infant son. Margaret looked intently at the way his eyes tracked the “new baby” balloon that floated above; she saw how he startled at a noise.

I know busy parents can’t spend tons of time watching our kids play and learn, but watching Margaret reminded me of how much we can learn about our children if we’d simply put down the phone.

The current epidemic of distracted parenting means moms and dads are missing out on the richness of their child’s early years, and children are growing up with a model of unfocused attentiveness.



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