When my kids were small, there was no such thing as an iPad or smart phone. So, I couldn't be faulted for ignoring them in favor of these gadgets.
Today, there seems to be plenty of fault to go around. NPR had a story this morning about research that shows that too many parents of younger children are dithering with devices when they should be interacting, playing, listening. The kids, naturally, feel unwanted, and they act up.
Ok, but here's the thing: I worked too many hours and I read too many books and I took too many classes when my children were small. They turned out all right, but I still feel guilty about it.