This headline jumped out at me this morning — “Could texting while parenting harm baby’s development? Oh give me a break….more blame-the-digital-media-for-all-of-our-social-ills junk, I thought. By the end, I was sold. Dr. Neal Halfon, director of the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities, told two stories that made his case. The first began in an airport, where he watched a young middle-class mom interact with a nine-month-old baby on her lap.
The adoring mother engaged the infant in beautifully playful, expressive dance. They modeled textbook interactions so crucial for healthy attachment and emotional development.