A daycare in Texas has a message they want parents to hear, and it's taking the Internet by storm.
Mom Julianna Farris Mazurkewicz shared a photo of typed note that was taped to the door of a daycare room. In big black letters and with a lot of bolding and underlining, it reads: "You are picking up your child! GET OFF YOUR PHONE!!!! Your child is happy to see you! Are you 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!"
As it stands, the post has been shared over 1 million times, and more then 10 thousand people have decided to weigh in on the message.
"It's about time someone said something," one woman wrote. "I agree! Children and grandchildren are more important. Enjoy them while you can!" another one said.
The purpose of the sign is obvious: The daycare wants parents to pay more attention to their children--to prioritize their face-to-face time above face-to-screen time.
But other commenters didn't appreciate the way the daycare chose to address the issue, calling the note rude.
One father commented: "I have sole custody of my two daughters. I work many hours, but I only have them at school for 6; thus my work spills into their time. I am often picking them up or dropping them off at school while on my phone answering time-sensitive emails and calls. This work puts a roof over their head, food in their stomachs, and money into their post-secondary education fund."
The sign certainly had good intentions, but could the message have been stated differenetly? Regardless of what side you fall on, we can all agree that technology has impacted the way we raise children today.