Daycare centre’s shouty ‘no phones’ sign leaves parents divided

Is it really OK for a daycare to aim these words at parents?

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Often, signs left up by businesses or even schools can be very carefully-worded, so not to offend anyone.

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But make no mistake about this sign, reportedly posted on the window of a Daycare centre in Houston, Texas – it’s certainly not afraid to be blunt.

It’s quite plainly telling parents coming to collect their kids to ‘pay attention’ to their children, and not to use phones during pick-up time.

The sign says…

“You are picking up your child! GET OFF YOUR PHONE!!!!

“Your child is happy to see you? Are you happy to see your child??

“We have seen children trying to hand their parents their work they completed and the parent is on the phone.

“We have heard a child say ‘Mommy, mommy, mommy…’ and the parent is paying more attention to their phone than their own child.

“It is appalling. Get off your phone!!”

The reaction…

Well, signs telling (not asking) parents to ditch their smartphones are nothing new – we saw a (preachy, but still polite) note saying the same thing not so long ago.

But there’s no denying that this particular sign has left parents completely divided when it comes to whether the sign is right or wrong.

Juliana Mazurkewicz, who first shared the photo on Facebook, told KARE11 news station that she thought: “…it needed to be said, that it’s a good reminder to all of us.

“The daycare is awesome, they are very loving and obviously have the best interest of the children in mind.”

Whereas one mum argued that you can’t just have a blanket note like that, as you really have no idea why a mum or dad might be glued to their screen during pick-up hours.

“Could it be that you’re self employed, dealing with clients, sorting out problems????” she wrote.

“But no I’ll put down the phone, lose clients and the bills won’t get paid!!!!! You can look at the kids work when you get home!!!! Jeez some people are a special kind of stupid!!!!!”

It’s true – anyone could still technically be on the clock at work, or could be trying to deal with upsetting news, or navigating an emergency.

This sign def got us all talking here at MFM, and while most of us disagreed with its shouty tone, it’s generally a really hard one to call.

We’re not surprised so many opinions are split down the middle.

Have your say

What do you think? Do you agree with the sign – less phone time, more face time during daycare pick-up – or do you think the daycare should mind its own business?

Let us know what you think on Twitter or Facebook

Images: Facebook/Juliana Mazurkewicz

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