- Mom, just this one last text and I promise, I'll put it away
- I'm waiting on an important e-mail from work
- I told _____ to call me as soon as he gets ready to leave, so I have to answer my phone
- But (fill in your own excuse here)
I imagine most of us are guilty at one time or another of interrupting family time with our cell phones. When is it okay, and when is it not okay? Does allowing cell phone mean we value less our family time and place more importance on our social network? When is enough, enough?
The concern is much more than cell phones, television, or other interruptions. At the core are timeless issues of value, respect, time and family. Sounds like something important to discuss with our own families and maybe as a part of a practical problem solving scenario in the family and consumer sciences classroom. This may also be a great idea for a project for FCCLA members through programs such as Families First or Power of One.