You: "We're going to grandma's house this week." Your child, texting: "Mmmmm." (Tap, tap, tap, tap.) You: "Be sure to do your homework first." Your child: "Mmmmm." (Tap, tap, tap, tap, tap.) You: "Are you even listening to me? You need to..." Your child, looking at the phone, horrified: "She said what about my hair??? OMG!" (Tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap...)
If this sounds familiar, you're not alone. My friends and I joke that our kids have "smartphone ADD." And when they aren't texting, we'll frequently find them posting on Instagram, playing Candy Crush, or battling demons on World of Warcraft.