At one point I was in the backseat of the car feeding Jill, Jena was playing on the playground, and Jason was watching Jena.
Or was supposed to be.
I watched as she yelled out "Watch this Daddy!", then jumped onto the monkey bars, her latest conquest.
She finished her trick, and turned back to him... to see him staring down at the phone. I saw the look of disappointment cross her face. I saw her hesitate for a minute, before moving along to the next piece of equipment.
And it broke my heart.
And I'm not telling you this to vilify my husband in any way.
Because the truth is I'm sure she's seen me do the same thing more than once. I'm sure that look of disappointment has crossed her face more than once because I was staring at my damn phone.
I'm telling you this because I know many of you are guilty of the same thing.
I've read the articles, seen the blog posts. But to see the look on my own daughter's face, to see how it affected her directly... well, it really makes it hit home a little more.
I know it's extra hard for Jena right now, as she's also adjusting to sharing our attention with another child for the first time in five years. So once I finished feeding Jill, I took her out of the car, handed her to Jason, and spent a few minutes following Jena around the playground, asking her to pose for pictures that I took, making her the center of my universe for the first time in way-too-long.
And I watched her entire demeanor change... for the better.
And so I challenge my blog readers to do the same: at your next possible chance, spend 10-15 minutes giving your child your undivided attention. Let me know if there's a noticeable change in their attitude. There was with mine.
As always, thanks for checking in.