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Distracting parenting affecting kids

When Debbie Reimond's grandkids visit her shop in Carbondale, she says the phones are turned off. When Debbie Reimond's grandkids visit her shop in Carbondale, she says the phones are turned off.
Some specialists say it's not only distracting, but damaging. Some specialists say it's not only distracting, but damaging.
More and more, our gadgets keep our eyes looking down and away from our children, and it's the kids who are paying the price.

When Debbie Reimond's grandkids visit her shop in Carbondale, she says the phones are turned off.

“We have little odds and ends that we let them do,” Reimond said.

Otherwise, the temptation of technology becomes too distracting.

“It really irritates me whenever I'm at a dinner or at a meal time and the phones are going off and people are texting instead of answering questions instead of just having regular family time together,” Reimond said.

Some specialists say it's not only distracting, but damaging.

“It is really hard to educate the kids and educate the parents on treatment plans whenever you can't get the parents attention,” Natasha Shafer said.

Shafer works with children suffering from ADHD and sees distracted parents in her office all of the time.

She says medication alone won't cure the problem. Parents need to take an active role in their kids treatment.

“Cell phones and tablets a lot of times are getting in the way of parents learning how to do that,” Shafer said.

Researchers have even found a link between distracted parents on their smart phones at playgrounds, and injuries among children.

The study said between 2005 and 2012, the number of broken bones increased by 10 percent.

This is why Reimond says she will continue to unplug and live in the moment.

“You realize the time lost,” Reimond said.

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