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Excessive mobile phone use... for parents


A couple of months ago, while reading a teacher’s reflections in the weekly planner, I was shocked and saddened by what I read. The teacher described a Leader In Me lesson about good and bad habits that people have. Students opened up about some of their own habits, but also discussed the habits of adults, including their parents, leading to a discussion about the amount of time that parents spend on their phones. Students were moved to tears as they shared how, as they try to tell stories about their day at school, their parents are preoccupied with social media, texting or games.

The class then discussed how to practice Habit 1: Be Proactive, without being impolite. The teacher provided students with a