Even toddlers know

I read another article about children competing for attention with their parents’ mobile devices.  This one was written from the point of view of the mother.  You can check it out at <http://www.cnn.com/2011/LIVING.06/14/phone.addicted.parent/index.html?hpt=hp_bn8>  Clifford Nass, a Stanford University professor in communications, is the main academic source cited.  This is nothing new.  Children have been tugging at their parents’ pant legs and skirts  for several years already, trying to get their full attention.  Kids know the difference between perfunctory acknowledgment and full attention.  If we don’t pay attention to what the research is telling us, if we don’t pay attention — full attention to our kids — then we are headed down a slippery slope of unconscious child-rearing and angry little people.