On Dateline Tonight: Are We Distracted Parents? (Yes.)

Tonight, Dateline is featuring a segment about distracted parenting and the effects it could have on our kids. Between our overscheduled lives and the blurring of work and home life, man, is this an issue in our house, too!

As much as we don't want to admit it, we've found ourselves saying, “Not now, Mommy’s on the phone.” Or, “In a minute, Mommy just has to send this quick email.” Or “One sec, Mommy’s working.”

While researchers are still figuring out how constantly using technology impacts parent-child communication, some negative effects are already being seen. Sherry Turkle, director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Initiative on Technology and Self, has spent five years and conducted 300 interviews on this very subject. During her interviews, "over and over, kids raised the same three examples of feeling hurt and not wanting to show it when their mom or dad would be on their devices instead of paying attention to them: at meals, during pickup after either school or an extracurricular activity, and during sports events," Dr. Turkle told the New York Times.

Being tethered to technology has its downsides for us parents, too: Smart phones are great because we can work from home and thus spend more time with our families, but we feel "on call" 24/7. We're more available to friends because they can reach us anywhere -- but that may mean they call when we're spending "QT" with our kids. All this, and we're expected to respond to Facebook messages from people we haven't spoken to in 10 years, Google great recipes to wow our hubbies and know who won a Moon Man at the VMAs last night. No wonder we're distracted!

We're interested (and a little scared) to see what the folks at Dateline have to say about it. Here's a sneak peek:

Are you guilty of distracted parenting? Tell us about it. Chime in below!

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