Mom Has Twins – Then 2 Years Later Realizes A Truth That Stops Her In Her Tracks
Kathleen Shipman 2/9/2016
Nowadays, many people revolve their lives around technology. For this reason, one mother set out to prove what parents miss out on by spending so much time online - instead of in the "real world."
It's all around us
There's no denying that technology is everywhere. From computers, to cell phones, and everything in between, it seems as if there is no escaping this fast-paced world. While there are certainly positive aspects about technology, it also has its downfalls...and missing out on family time can be one of them.
A mother with a mission
Meet Brandi Wood, a young mother from Lakeside, California who decided to conduct an experiment. It was truly simple, all she did was put down her cell phone for one afternoon. Instead, she sat in the corner of a room and watched her twin sons play - all without being distracted by technology.
She shared her feelings with the world
After Brandi's experiment, she was so taken back by what she had discovered - that she decided to post her findings on Facebook. Here is her powerful message:
"Today I did an experiment, I watched my boys play. As I sat quietly in the corner of the room I tallied how many times they looked at me for various reasons: to see if I saw their cool tricks, to seek approval or disapproval for what they were doing, and to watch my reactions. I couldn't help but wonder if I was on some sort of technology what message would I have been sending?"
The mother-of-two was only getting started...
Tally marks of truth
Brandi went on to report the results:
"28 times my angels would have wondered if the World Wide Web was more important than them. 28 times my boys would have not received the attention most adults are searching for. 28 times my loves would have questioned if they were alone emotionally. 28 times my kids would have been reassured that who you are online is what really matters."
Wow, if this doesn't open your eyes as parents...
One mother's plea
In the hopes that others would learn from her experiment, Brandi asked others to look deeply at the situation:
"In a world where we are accepted as who people perceive us to be and not who we really are, in a world where validation comes from how many followers or likes we have, in a world where quality time with loved ones is being replaced by isolation and text messages from the other room, I beg you to be different."
It's amazing how times have changed...
Words of wisdom
Brandi ended her post by providing advice to all of the parents consumed with technology:
"Please put down your technology and spend some time with your family & loved ones. The next generation of children is counting on us to teach them how to be adults, don't be too busy on social media, you never know who is watching and what message you are sending."
Fortunately, many people have taken the time to read, share, and comment on the young mother's Facebook post - which has gone viral.
Sometimes it's the little things in life...
Even though there are incredible aspects about living in a world of technology - it's definitely the moments in the "real world" that are most special. And without a doubt, spending quality time with your children is the greatest of them all!