I see far to much of this kind of disconnect. Most of what I see are parents with their cell phones out and their children calling for them to help, play or just talk to them with no response from the parent until the child raises their voice. Or walking through the mall staring at their cell while their child is crying or running around causing others inconvenience. Put the phones away the children are only young once. Teach your child manners and keep the phone put away while interacting with others.

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Last month while my partner and I were living on the warm springs reservation, we’d often eat at the local tribal restaurants, not just for the food, but for the experience of community.

One evening at dinner, I took notice of a grandson and his grandfather who sat close by. After they sat down, I sensed an immediate disconnect as the grandson whipped out his phone to scroll through Instagram and Facebook. I empathized with the Grandfather’s look of disappointment and dis-connect while his grandson smiled from the connection his device brought him. As the phone sat open on the table and full the grandson’s attention, the grandfather sat looking around the room, attempting to talk to those around him about his day. His stories and conversations filled the room with laughter and intrigue, while to grandson continued to scroll.

Witnessing this particular interaction really stuck with me, and afterwads…

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