A lot of families have this problem. We sit down to the dinner table--or to any other family-togetherness time--and what are we doing? We're face down, looking at our phones, texting or e-mailing or checking the news. We may be present, but we're not present.
The Pope recently made a statement about this very problem, urging families to put away the phones at mealtimes and focus on each other. And Kathi Lee Gifford completely agrees, as the NY Daily News reports.
On her morning show with Hoda Kotb, she said, "I totally agree. In my house we had a tech-free zone at dinner. But that was a few years ago when the kids were just at the beginning of all this cellphone stuff. I can’t even imagine what it’s like for kids today growing up with their cellphones attached to their ears. I used to get up and take a call if it was important, but then the kids would give me such grief for it."
Hoda said, "I think it’s interesting that the Pope is addressing this issue. Isn’t that funny?" And Kathi Lee responded, "Family is a huge thing with him."
Then Hoda shared, "He was already so human and so down-to-earth when he was here in New York and this reemphasizes that he just gets it. He gets what regular families are doing at the dinner table and this is something he feels is important enough to address. I love that he did that. Meanwhile, I don’t make much of an effort to put my phone away when I’m eating with family. I turn it over. It is bad."
But the limited time spent with her kids makes Kathi Lee realize how precious every moment is: "I do because my kids don’t live at home anymore so I want to be with them when they’re home."
What do you think? Do you use your phone at the dinner table? Do you wish you could "un-plug" more? Let us know your experiences and thoughts in the Comments! Thank you for sharing with us!