OK~ I've been thinking a lot lately and it's about something we all care about. It's YOU! Please put your phone down while driving in your car. I don't care if you feel the need to send "that" message now, it can wait until later.
There used to be a time when you had to actually dial, (yes, I said dial) a telephone to call someone.
They would sometimes answer and other times they would not. But you know what? We patiently waited to try back later. When did everything in our lives become a sense of urgency? I don't know about you, but this need to know now is honestly going to kill us off.
A couple weeks ago my husband and I were on the road for more than 3,900 miles in one week. Each time we came upon a vehicle that was swerving or going a slow speed, the driver had a phone or book in their hand. Really? People..... drive your car, not yourself into the ground!
I often hear a parent say, "Oh, they are calling me again." And then I look at my clock and think, they should be in school. It turns out that the child is calling to complain about a class. Our kids of today do not know how to deal with life. Life happens. We have to learn to work with people we don't like, period. My question is, "What on earth is a parent supposed to tell this child during the school day?" The first step any parent can make is to invest in a parent/child agreement app for their phone. Parents need to let their kids know that smart phones are serious business and not a toy. They are the gateway to the world wide web and it's of vital importance that everyone pays attention to how they are used.
I challenge you... the next time you get in your car do the following:
Place both hands on the steering wheel
Look ahead, not down at your phone while driving
These two things may seem simple, but from my personal observation I can tell you that many drivers cannot do this. When drivers are not attentive to the roads, it puts all of our lives in jeopardy. Here in the state of Iowa it is illegal to text while driving. I would love to know how many people have actually been ticketed for this offense and if the fine matters. It's evident that the fine is not steep enough, look around the next time you are sitting at a stop light.
I love my smart phone and all that it has to offer, but I can also tell you that I feel perfectly fine putting it down for periods of time throughout the day. When I'm driving, I'm not searching Facebook and I'm not reading your text messages or your e-mails. I will get in touch with you when it is safe to do so.
Life was simpler when we had real dial up phones. Kids were not calling parents 24/7 and we could all live our lives without someone else determining our every move. We understood that others had lives to live. If I never stepped away from my smart phone and this laptop, I would have nothing to write about. Ahhh... those 70's were not that bad after all! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?