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put your phones away!

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lovesherdogstoomuch Fri 22-Mar-13 19:47:44

to find it unbelievable when parents are busy texting/chatting on their mobiles and ignoring their kids at the swings when the poor things are obviously trying to get their attention! Helllooooo. you brought your child to the park to have some 'together' time didn't you?

babacoon Fri 22-Mar-13 20:49:15

Lol at Nokia 3210grin

Nirvana1999 Fri 22-Mar-13 20:49:18

Jesus, one thing I've learnt since joining MN is you get judged on absolutely everything!

Sometimes I have a wee look at my phone at the park. I'm sorry that I'm not watching my kids every bloody move. I might be a mum but I'm an actual person too.

Nirvana1999 Fri 22-Mar-13 20:51:35

<reads whole thread and goes on the hunt for Snake App>

Pfft! Phones?! I thought all MNers had iPads now? grin

honeytea Fri 22-Mar-13 20:54:04

Mrskeith thanks for the tip that is my weekend wasted

Floggingmolly Fri 22-Mar-13 20:55:13

You don't take your kids to the playground for "together" time. You take them to wear them out.

OutragedFromLeeds Fri 22-Mar-13 21:04:15

There are people that are glued to their phones all the time. Those people are annoying. You should supervise your child at the park. You don't have to watch and engage with them every second, but glancing up from your phone to see what they're doing is a good idea.

It makes me laugh at playgroup when there are a group of mums sitting in silence all staring at their phones. They're probably all mumsnetting about each other....grin

OutragedFromLeeds Fri 22-Mar-13 21:05:41

*It's not just the park btw, it's the school playground, playgroups, soft play, a cafe anywhere your children could be terrorising other people while you facebook really.

HotCrossNaanAndRessurectiOn Fri 22-Mar-13 21:08:48

I'm totally guilty of this. They are playing and I get 5 mins to myself!

If they want me to push the swing or help them climb, then I'm there, but otherwise its a quick shufti at facebook.

Samu2 Fri 22-Mar-13 21:10:12

I used to hate taking mine to the park.

So I would read or play with my phone.

gallifrey Fri 22-Mar-13 21:10:37

I have a theory about this!

A few years ago more or less everyone used to smoke, it gave us something to do with our hands. Nowadays nobody is allowed to smoke anywhere and we still need to do something so we play with our phones.

I am not some weird ex smoker btw, this is just a casual observation!

Calabria Fri 22-Mar-13 21:13:54

I now have Snake App on my phone! grin

MrsKeithRichards Fri 22-Mar-13 21:17:21

It's great isn't it?

honeytea Fri 22-Mar-13 21:19:52

I also now have snake, my poor son, mummy is going to be so busy this weekend it is lucky pappa is home.

fuckwittery Fri 22-Mar-13 21:29:38

i'm usually working, in my futile attempt to work a full time 60 hr a week job in 4 days a week which entails constant blackberry checking and working through the night.
Believe me, I hate it and am leaving next week to spend the next 2 years in the park. I won't have an excuse to play on my phone anymore, but parks are a bit boring are they not?

Nirvana1999 Fri 22-Mar-13 21:32:41

I hate parks they are boring. Luckily I have twins. They can look after each other whilst I MN ;)

OutragedFromLeeds Fri 22-Mar-13 21:34:17

Yeah, particularly now we're not allowed to judge anyone. That used to be a fun way to pass the time.

AgentZigzag Fri 22-Mar-13 21:35:09

It's really only very small children who need you hovering interacting with them, they want to be playing with the other children there when they're a bit older.

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