With the advancement of technology, we often see many people using their phones while walking on the streets, riding the subway, or even while eating. In Texas, the staff at a daycare center decided they had enough of seeing parents using their phones and put up a sign to tell the parents to stop.
In January 2017, Juliana Farris Mazurkewicz, from Houston, was picking up her daughter at the daycare center when she chanced upon a sign pasted outside the door.
The sign read:
You are picking up your child!
GET OFF YOUR PHONE!!!!
Your child is happy to see you! 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!!
Mazurkewicz was taken aback by it.
“I was a bit shocked, but I didn’t feel any negativity towards the daycare,” she told CNN.
She understood perfectly why the center was doing it—for the children.
“I know that the staff has the best interests of the children in mind, even to the point where they are willing to offend the parent,” Mazurkewicz said.
Another parent, Coley Sloan Jones, agreed.
“I thought it was a valid reminder to parents to be aware and attentive to their child or children,” Jones told ABC News. “Sometimes other things can wait, including a phone call.”
When Mazurkewicz snapped a photo of the sign and posted it on her Facebook page, she saw mixed reactions.
“There’s a big divide in the comments. Half the people are saying it’s not the day care’s business what paying customers do, and the other half are saying that it’s great they are looking after the children’s well-being,” she said.