We’ve all heard not to judge people until you walk a mile in their shoes, and that everyone is fighting a battle you don’t know about, so be kind. When it comes to cell phone use when I’m out with my kids, however, I can feel the eyes blaring into me sometimes. I’m generally not one to be bothered by other people’s opinions of me, but when you see a mom or dad on their phone at the soccer field, at the park, or at the lake this summer, cut the glares and the judgement, and consider their reasons.
A lot of work, and a lot of business, can be done via smartphone now. I am very thankful for this, as there would be many times that I wouldn’t be able to be on-the-go with my kids if I wasn’t allowed (by moral standards) to bring my smartphone with me. As a blogger, a big part of my job is social media and sharing our life and experiences with my readers. I have participated in Twitter parties on summer holidays while watching my kids splash around in the lake, I have edited and published blog posts on my WordPress app on my phone while on Maui, I have responded to comments on my blog’s Facebook page, and when we’re lucky enough to be doing a sponsored travel campaign—clearly I need to be on social media sharing what we’re up to with my readers.
So while some people may think I’m in my own world and don’t care about what my kids are doing, nothing could be farther from the truth. I still strive to use my phone as little as possible so I can be in the moment with my kids.
Quite often it’s easier taking photos and editing them with my phone rather than lugging around my big DSLR camera. I think it’s pretty safe to say most parents take photos of their kids with their phones now when they’re out and about, so don’t be judgmental when parents are on their phone. Maybe they’re editing a photo and uploading it to Facebook so grandma and grandpa across the country can take part in their day.
It’s About Balance
You will rarely see a true Instagram from me, mine are usually more of the “latergram” variety, because I want the memory saved to my account, but I want to do it on my time, not my family’s time. I am so thankful for the technology that is in the palm of my hands, but I do understand and realize that for myself I need to intentionally be present with the people I am out with. So even if I have my phone out to take photos of my family, I’m not always posting them to social media live. I do want to be in the moment as much as possible, and I don’t feel it’s necessary to be distracted on my phone constantly out of respect to the people I’m with. I’ve always been very grateful that this blog has provided another source of income for our family, and I wouldn’t be able to do the work I do, if not for my smartphone.
It’s About Convenience
Smartphones are just packed with fun and convenience, it makes life with kids, running errands and making memories so much easier! I wouldn’t go to half of the places I do without my Maps app and GPS on my phone, for example! Part of making life easier is having The Mobile Shop located in over 175 stores wherever you buy President’s Choice® products. I’m almost always with at least 2 children when I’m shopping, so if I can get groceries and get my mobile needs taken care of while I shop—bonus! The Mobile Shop has a full selection of smartphones from all major carriers (with price match guarantee) and you can collect PC points too. So next time you see a mom or a dad at the playground or on the sidelines at a sporting event on their phone and want to scoff at them, consider that their smartphone may be the only reason why they are even able to be there with their kids at all.