Put down the screen Dad, I’m right over here.
I want you to look at me, give me your ear.
What I have to say will not wait till you’re done.
I want your attention. I want to have fun.
Put down the screen Mum, it’s really not clear
Why you must stare at it when I am right here.
My problems and needs require only you.
I don’t understand “In a second”. Do you?
Because “in a second”, I’ve grown even more.
I’ve spilled the whole Lego box out on the floor.
I’ve fallen and cut myself, bumped my wee knee.
I’ve not quite made it to the toilet to wee;
And then you are scolding and I’m so confused.
Why didn’t you look at me, instead of your news?
What’s so important that you have to stare
At things that in five minutes, still will be there?
Your virtual friends are not really real,
They don’t hold your hand or care how your hugs feel.
They don’t need you right now. They don’t even care
If you like them or follow them. They’re not really there.
So when you are with me, in real time, right now,
It’s much more important to think about how
You are my world, the one world I need.
My virtual, actual, only news feed.
So put down the screen and look into my eyes,
Because I’m getting so big and time really flies.
Replies, mail and comments will wait ’til I sleep.
Why not make memories that we can keep?
Why spend your time looking at what people share?
When all that you need in your life is right here,
Waiting and watching you stare at the screen
Wondering what I must do to be seen.
It’s very important to look at me now.
See what I’m doing and let me know how
There’s nothing more special or vital in life
Than your beautiful children, your husband, your wife…
So put down the screen Dad and look at me Mum.
Because you are missing the real life that comes
With real conversation, with playing, with fun…
The things that can’t be found by scrolling your thumb.
The true affirmation that you need each day,
Is patiently sitting here, trying to say
“I love you”; “I need you”; “I like you”; “You’re mine”…
So put down the screen please and give me your time.
I am Sick-of-Screens Mum.
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