As parents, we are all guilty of being distracted by technology from time to time. However, a new study may make you think twice before reaching for that cellphone when you're dining with your children.
Researchers observed parents who were absorbed in their cellphones while dining with their children at a fast food restaurant. They noted that the more absorbed the parent seemed to be in the cellphone, the more their children misbehaved. They also noted that when children were misbehaving, parents tended to respond much more harshly when they were absorbed in their phones. That's a great reason to cut back on technology when the kids are around!
Reviewed by Dr. Kristie Rivers, September 2020