Obama Does It

Guess what our fearless leader requires his staff (and everyone else) to do before they head in to an important meeting in the Oval Office? We’ve heard that they aren’t allowed to set foot in the Big Guy’s office until they have dropped their cell phones into a basket outside the door.

Hmmmm. That’s not such a bad idea…

Why don’t all of us mamas take a page from the Commander-In-Chief’s book and make our family members (and friends) check their phones/ipods/blackberries etc. into a basket before sitting down to dinner?

Are you with us? Think how peaceful things could be! Just imagine: people paying attention to each other instead of the tiny gadgets in their laps; hands used to accentuate an important point instead of sending a covert text; smiles and conversations flourishing all around with the people who are actually there; kids answering your questions in complete sentences while looking right at you!

Wow! What a concept! We’re liking it!

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Ellen and Rachel are two old friends and “expert” mamas—one a pediatrician and one a family therapist—with fifty years of parenting experience between them.


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