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Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me: Texting Across the Table

Parents don't realize how easy they have it before their lil ones speak. Mom and dad can sit at the dinner table and talk about their days and the toys they have stowed away for a rainy day. Once tots can better understand, mama might find herself s-p-e-l-l-i-n-g out dinner selections for dad in hopes that her offspring won't derail her nutritious meal plan. But when precocious kids begin honing their reading skills, the luxury of free speech between grown-ups quickly disappears. Past generations of parents turned to obsolete languages like Pig Latin or Yiddish to kid-proof their conversation. With technology, today's parents have a new option – texting!

At a recent dinner party, a fellow mama told me that she and her husband have taken to texting each other – even when they are under the same roof – so their kids aren't privy to their conversation. We've discussed the many ways tech products can make motherhood easier, but how do you feel about bringing your phone to the dinner table?

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babysugar babysugar 7 years
Girl Jen - I love the code names! We do something similar in our home now - I'm just waiting to see how long it takes for my son to catch on!
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
How about, "Hey, honey, can we talk about this later?" Or, if there is a specific word that you're trying to avoid (the name of a birthday present or the fun place you're going later in the day), use different words. In my house, the Children's Museum is the "Geometric building at I-25 and 23rd." The Wii is the "Electronic entertainment console." And so on.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
i could see the texting thing but not super obviously in front of the child (i mean give them some attention - who wants mom and dad on their phones all day?) and never at the dinner table - it should be a place that's free of distractions and focus should be on family! it sets a bad example.
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