A woman has called out parents who let their children watch TV shows on phones while out at restaurants.
Sharing on the parenting forum Mumsnet, the mum said she did not think children needed to be glued to their phones while out for dinner and admits she ‘judged’ her friends for doing so.
The woman explained she had gone out to lunch with friends, and their children, to a slightly pricey restaurant with an amazing view of the beach.
“Which made it all the more surprising that as soon as we sat down, my friend and her husband handed their children (aged four and six) two phones,” the mum, who was there with her own three children, wrote.
“For the duration of the meal, the children sat zombie-like and watched Peppa Pig on the screens. I will admit, I judged.”
She went on to say that her children, aged eight, five, and three, sat through the short meal “without needing screens”.
“I talked to my adult friends and kept an eye on my children, pointing out stuff that was happening outside, large boats passing by, surfers, dogs,” she wrote.
“Am I right to think unlimited access to screens during a meal out is not right?”
Some people agreed that kids should not be watching things on phones while out at restaurants. But most actually thought it was completely fine, as long as the phones were put away once food was brought out, and the volume was down.
I think whatever works to get you some peace and quiet to enjoy your meal!
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