A Houston, Texas daycare is receiving equal parts praise and backlash after posting a controversial sign for parents to read as they arrive to pick up their kids
When mother Juliana Farris Mazurkewicz entered the daycare one afternoon, she was surprised to see this sign posted at the door:
Despite having been on her phone upon arrival to pick up her children, Juliana did not take offense, and instead found it “funny and relevant.”
However, since posting the image to her Facebook and receiving over 1 million shares, plenty of other people have chimed in with different opinions.
One Facebook user commented, “Everybody is complaining about how cell phones are such a nuisance while they’re on their cell phones.”
Others suggested that some parents—such as busy single mothers—could be self-employed and interacting with a client over the phone.
“But no,” expressed one commenter, “I’ll put down the phone, lose clients and the bills won’t get paid!!! You can look at the kids work when you get home!!! Jeez some people are a special kind of stupid.”
As far as Juliana is concerned, though, she told KARE11 “I think that it needed to be said, that it’s a good reminder to all of us. The daycare is awesome, they are very loving and obviously have the best interest of the children in mind.”
Alexia Nicki, who shared her thoughts on Facebook, found the message to be rude, saying:
There is a better way to address this than to make EVERYONE feel like they can never use their phone when it’s probably the repeat offenders that need to be addressed.
Someone could have family in the hospital, waiting for news…you never know. People are quick to be passive aggressive and slow to directly address the real problem.
Whatever your stance is, the daycare’s approach has certainly sparked the interest of countless people, as the highly-shared photo has also received over 80,000 reactions on Facebook.
The challenges of modern-day parenting have forced some moms and dads to use child-rearing shortcuts.
As we recently reported, many parents use the same smartphone devices they talk on as distraction devices for their kids.
Kids today average 44.5 hours in front of a screen weekly. But it’s not because they’re lazy—in fact, according to research, it’s largely because parents pacify their kids with distractions like smartphone, iPads, etc.
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