We’re accused of ignoring our kids in favor of wasting time on Facebook.
We’re accused of missing out on precious moments because we’d rather stare at a screen.
We’re accused of not doing our jobs as moms.
I think that’s a load of baloney.
Did it ever occur to anyone that when we pull out our smartphones, we’re actually doing our job as a mom, not neglecting it?
Because being a mom isn’t just about playing with your kids or watching them attentively all the time.
It’s also about making sure they have food on the table and good friends to play with. It’s about ensuring they’re not late for school or swim lessons or soccer practice.
And our smartphones—which are capable of doing almost any task—help us do all of those things. They help us stay on top of our entire lives, really.
So before you roll your eyes at the mama on her smartphone, consider that she’s probably doing one of these.
What Moms are Actually Doing on Their Smartphones
Adding apples to her electronic grocery list so that her children get some fresh fruit.
Putting the baby’s pediatrician appointment on the shared family calendar so that Dad knows when it is.
Responding to a request for a playdate.
Editing a photo of the kids to send to the grandparents who live out of town.
Scheduling babysitting for next week.
Googling recipes for tonight’s dinner so her kids will actually eat it.
Checking the weather to see if she should send a jacket along tomorrow.
Texting her sister to coordinate the upcoming joint family vacation.
Setting an alarm for some ridiculously early hour so she can get some things done before everyone else wakes up.
Looking up directions to a destination so she’s not tempted to do it unsafely while driving with her kids in the car.
Reading safety reviews of the bike her kid asked for from Santa Claus.
Purchasing a helmet.
Monitoring her bank account to make sure she’s on top of the month’s budget so she can save for her kids’ college funds.
Downloading the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse theme song as requested by her toddler.
Emailing her boss to say she’ll be late tomorrow due to her child’s dentist appointment.
Making herself a reminder about anything because if she doesn’t, there’s zero chance her crammed brain will remember.
Checking the time to see how late her family is undoubtedly running.
Browsing craft ideas to make with the kids on the next rainy afternoon.
Leaving her husband a voicemail to kindly ask him to pick up milk on the way home from work.
Sharing an article about the latest infant car seat recall with another mom who needs to read it.
And yes, sometimes checking Facebook—because she needs and deserves a break!
So you see? We can’t assume the mom on her smartphone is ignoring her mothering duties. Most of the time, she’s actually fulfilling them.
What mom tasks do you use your smartphone to take care of?
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