The Importance of Engaging Your Kid

We all know that learning language comes mostly from hearing others speak.  Adults are language role models for younger language learners.  So why are we, as adults, on our phones and other devices so much?  I know I'm not going to be the first person you hear this from, and lord knows, I'm totally guilty too.  But, we need to disconnect from our devices and reconnect with our kids.  Our kids are NOT going to learn language from digital devices.  They are going to learn from the grown ups around them.  I found the following article in the NY Times archives.  It's from 2009.  Even though we seem to be more aware of the need to put down our phones, not much seems to have changed.  Please click on the link to read the full article.  I'd love comments on times when you've disconnected from devices and been glad you did!