It seems to me that lawyers might be even more prone to this particular parenting failing than the general population. (Thank goodness my own kids were out of infancy before cellphones entered my life.) Here's the gist from the fascinating "Papa Don't Text: The Perils of Distracted Parenting at The Atlantic:"
Last summer, as my baby grandson and I strolled through the same neighborhood his father and I had strolled through 30 years earlier, I saw that something vital had changed. Back then, adults pushing babies in strollers talked with those babies about whatever came across their path. But these days, most adults engage instead in one-sided conversations on their cellphones, or else text in complete silence. ...
We learned long ago that children’s language abilities and eventual academic success are linked to the sheer volume of words they are exposed to early on. Now we have additional evidence that the quality of linguistic exposure, not just its quantity, matters.
In sum, the post says, “You can only do one thing at a time: talk to the baby or talk on the phone.”
Talk to the baby.