Tuesday's Talker is about moms, dads and babysitters putting less than their full focus on the most important job in the world: watching our little ones.
Something awful that happened is an extreme example of what can go wrong when the adult gets distracted.
A woman in Georgia who works as a live-in housekeeper was home watching two 5-year-old girls on a rainy Sunday last weekend. She hollered called for the girls to come downstairs, but then got a text message from a friend asking for her to call, which she did.
She's said to have stayed on the phone for 45 minutes, until the parents got home and asked where the kids were. Upstairs, the housekeeper said.
But the little girls weren't.
At some point during that 45 minutes, they walked outside and ended up in the backyard swimming pool. They were found drowned at the bottom of the pool.
"She has no idea where the kids were, how they got outside. She has no idea what they were doing. She was preoccupied with her phone call." Sgt. Bill Gorman of the Dallas, Georgia police department said.
One of the young victims was the caregiver's grand-daughter. She was friends with the little girl who lived at the house, and was visiting that day.
Like we said, the case is an extreme example. But it made us think of the smaller, more subtle examples of distraction that happen with caregivers every day.
Go to any neighborhood park and there's a good chance you'll see some. We went to a park in Chicago and immediately found a bunch of parents and babysitters multi-tasking: one eye on the kids, one eye on the phone.
Most of the ones we found were walking around to keep up with the little ones. Other times, you'll see caregivers sitting on a bench in their own world of their cell phones.