published in Boundaries, Family, Life Balance, Mothering Matters by Maryanne | May 3, 2017

This is the first Mothering Matters blog in the spring 2017 blog series:

When I Grow Up I Want to Be a Cell Phone

 

What Are YOU Paying Attention To?

I was in Chicago recently and heard a story that stopped me in my tracks. You may have heard this story already – or seen some variation of it on social media. Regardless, it certainly speaks volumes.

A Child’s Perspective

A teacher asked the kids in her classroom to write down their answer to this question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

One child carefully wrote down this answer: “When I grow up, I want to be a cell phone.”

The teacher asked the child what she meant by that.

The child’s answer: “I want to be a cell phone when I grow up because then my Mom will pay attention to me.”

Yikes.

How easy it is to get caught up in what is happening on our phones versus right in front of us in real life.

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is the CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her regular weekly blog, please sign up here.

 

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