Keys for Kids

Parent Minute

I’m not phubbing my kids, am I?

Posted on 6/5/2019 by Greg Yoder

“Phubbing.” It’s a term used when you use your cell phone to snub people—according to Katherine Lee at, parents who are addicted to smartphones and mobile devices are causing relationship issues with our kids.1 She says cell phone overuse or addiction actually makes us LESS connected to people, especially our own families. I say “us” and “we” because, well, sometimes I’M too obsessed with my smart phone. As a follower of Christ, are our phones becoming our idols? Think about it. Is it something that is getting in the way of our relationship with God and our family, friends, and colleagues? Suggestion: take time AWAY from our mobile device and ENGAGE with our kids. If we don’t, that unspoken message could be devastating to them.

1This Parent Minute is based on part on “Why Too Much Cell Phone Usage Can Hurt Your Family Relationships” by Katherine Lee,

Suggested Reading: Colossians 3:5

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