While we must use our phones and gadgets, we need to pay attention to how they affect those we love especially our children while raising them. I was waiting somewhere and observed interaction between a mother and about 4 year old son. He needed his mother’s attention but her full attention was on her phone. This child would try to climb of her lap and she would not look at him but while still staring at her screen, kept pushing him back to the sit next to her. The child would look down, stand on his chair and get his face in front of his mother and she would without looking at him push him back to his sit. Whenever he looked at us I smiled at him and he would smile back playfully and then turn to his mother who pushed him back to his sit. How sad!
Our children need our full attention. How can we wonder why they run off once they hit teenage if we never pay them attention and instead make them feel like they don’t matter to us? If you don’t give them attention, they will seek it wherever they can find it. Be intentional about showing your children they matter. That will make them solid and will set for them high standards for their future.
Ann Makena is a wife and a mother. Outside of home, she is an independent instruct through community education and mainly instructs of intercultural communications and relations, parenting among other personal growth subjects for adults. She is a co-host of a local TV show within twin cities metro area. Ann is an ordained pastor and teaches on spiritual growth and application of scriptures. She is an inspirational speaker. She is the founder of sister charitable organization in U.S. and in Kenya providing home for orphaned and abandoned children. She also advocates for those oppressed among other ministries. She is the author of “Become Whole, Unbreakable and Unstoppable” and “Knowing and Yielding to The Voice That Counts” She is a co-author of “Miracles Still Happen, IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE-EXPLAIN ME” with her son Nate Munene (who was not expected to survive at birth has endured major medical complications and is thriving). Ann has found success in parenting in spite of dealing with severe medical conditions and believes trusting God and being intentional brings about success. Ann has M.A in Ministry leadership, M.A in Theological studies, B.A in Psychology-Counseling and B.A. in Divinity. She has C.P.E. (Clinical Pastoral Education). She previously served as a full-time hospice chaplain for 10 years. She provided spiritual and emotional support for patients facing end of life diagnosis, along with their families as well as officiating funerals for some. "I have a heart for oppressed women and single mothers of the world. I enjoying spending time with family, reading, writing, quiet time, and gospel/inspirational music among other interests. I stand on, Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths,” NKJV."