Almost 70% of parents say they feel distracted by their cellphone when they spend time with their kids. Parental phubbing, when a parent ignores their child while using their mobile phone, is a problem for kids and moms and dads. Experts say using cell phones isn’t the issue; rather, it’s how parents use them.

“I think the big question here is…are parents giving undivided attention when their kids need it? Or are they shooing them away more than usual? It happens to everybody sometimes. The key is how much,” explains Mary Alvord, PhD, co-author of Conquer Negative Thinking for Teens.

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