This day care center wants parents to show their children how important they are by stowing away their phones at pickup time.
It's an all too familiar sight—parents hanging around at school pickup time with cellphones glued to their ears. But one Texas day care has a message for all these multitasking moms and dads: "You are picking up your child! GET OFF YOUR PHONE!!!!"
"Your child is happy to see you!" a sign plastered on the day care front door reads. "Are you not happy to see your child?? We have seen children trying to hand their parents their work they completed and the parent is on the phone. We have heard a child say 'Mommy, mommy, mommy...' and the parent is paying more attention to their phone than their own child. It is appalling. Get off your phone!!"
One mom, Juliana Farris, just so happened to have her phone in her hand (!) when she came upon the sign. So she snapped a pic to share with her friends on Facebook.
"I thought it was awesome," she explained to Fox News. "I think [the message] definitely resonates with people. And it's not just at the day care, it's anywhere."
She's right. My days of walking inside to pick up my kids may now be long gone, but there are plenty of other times when my kids are trying to get my attention that I'm distracted by my phone. I've been guilty of glancing down at my screen during chorus recitals, basketball games...you name it. But this message is a pretty big wake-up call, and I will think twice before ever intentionally taking my attention away from my children again.
And apparently, I'm not the only one—Juliana's post has since been shared more than 1.2 million times and garnered 9,500 comments as of the time of this writing.
"Guilty!" wrote one FB user, simply.
"This needs to be posted everywhere this is a child trying to talk to their parents," added another.
And from a third: "This is so true...nothing on your phone can replace or supersede your children's chatter so listen!!!!!"
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Our favorite comment however, comes from the dude who thought to question the day care center's method of communication. "They should've texted every parent instead," he wrote. "Since they won't notice this paper while on the phone."
Oh, the irony!
Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and mom of two who writes about parenting and pop culture. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and then follow her on Instagram and Twitter.