I’ve definitely been guilty of device distraction before now and will be again. The 10-strong group of silent teenagers walking down Takapuna Beach last weekend all staring at their devices were guilty of it too but that’s a generational phenomenon I can only begin to comprehend. Together alone. It’s disturbing to witness any time but it’s particularly jarring in the context of parenting and caring for our very young.
This excellent Brain Pickings review by Maria Popova of the newly released picture book Sidewalk Flowers by award-winning poet JonArno Lawson and Sydney Smith (illustrator) is titled “An illustrated ode to presence and the everyday art of noticing in a culture of productivity and distraction”.
Must finish now and go and get down to floor-level with my children..