To the Mom on Her Phone at the Playground,
I am sorry for the judgmental looks you are getting from other parents who think they are better than you for not being on their phones.
I am sorry if you feel like you are not enough because you have your phone in one hand and a half eaten granola bar in the other.
I have been that Mom. And I will be that Mom again. We have all been that mom. And we will all be her again.
I will be on the phone when my child is playing. I will be on the phone when my child is trying to get my attention. Yeah, sometimes it might be to respond to a funny text from my friend. But sometimes it might be texting a client who is having breastfeeding questions and has been up all night and cannot get a good latch. Or maybe I am reading an email from a client who is describing the various emotions she is experience in the weeks leading up to the birth of her baby. Or maybe I am talking to a father who is scared because he is watching his wife struggle with a difficult prenatal appointment and the news she received. Or maybe I am trying to reach my own son’s pediatrician to reschedule a missed appointment to being at a birth. Or maybe I am trying to reach my husband in between shifts when I haven’t seen in him over a week. Or maybe because I am really good Mom, and I looked at my phone and looked away from my child.
Don’t let those other parent’s judgmental looks bothering you. You are being the best mom for your child every.single.day. And that includes when you are on the phone. And that includes when you are hanging upside on the monkey bars making silly faces.
You are enough. You are a great mom.