A nursery has accused some parents of caring more about their phones than their own children, when it comes to picking up their little ones on the school run, and people have been left divided.
The day care centre, in Texas, United States, even went as far as leaving a scathing note for mums and dads demanding they get off their phones – if they take their eyes off the screen for long enough to read it.
“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,” the note read.
“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!!”
One parent shared the message on Facebook, and fellow parents were divided over mobile phones should be banned when it come o the school run.
“I think this is fantastic, and banning phones when picking up your child is great but the way this is worded is awful it’s like they are actually talking down to you,” one parent commented. “Thankfully my child is in a school where the teacher and parent relationship is just as good as the teacher and child so we all speak to each other with respect!”
Meanwhile another added: “I love this and unfortunately it is so true! Parents ignore kids and don’t watch them as they should!”
However, others pointed out that sometimes parents have no choice but to take work calls, no matter what time of day it is.
“Yeah… except when that call is work. And your family relies on your income. And I get off before 5 to pick up my kid, on the understanding that I have to still be available if needed,” they wrote.
“My point is – we judge too much. I HATE phones. But how do you pretend to know what is actually important versus just your assumption? My husband also has some serious health issues. Should I not answer his calls or texts when I’m at the day care just so YOU (the person I PAY to care for my child) think I’m paying enough attention to him?”