Saturday, watching Dexter

I saw something very sad tonight — a young man was walking with what I can only assume was his daughter — she looked to be about 3 or 4 years old.  What was sad was that he was paying absolutely no attention to the little girl, because he was texting on his phone.

What does this say about our younger generation of parents and the generations coming up behind them?

I see this all the time — mothers with their young children in malls or parks or walking down the street; fathers pushing strollers or grocery carts or sitting in restaurants — their kids neglected while they either talk on their phones or text on the things.

In Alberta we have enacted a distracted driving law to keep people from using their mobile hand-held devices while driving.

How about a distracted parenting law?  So that kids can grow up feeling and knowing that they’re more important than the ping or notice on Mom or Dad’s phone, i-pod, or Blackberry.