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Cell Phones

Yup, my kids have cell phones. I got them cell phones to alleviate my anxiety. As they get older and are off doing all kinds of activities without me, the cell phone allows me to still “be there”.
However the cell phone world is not as magical as I imagined it to be. I imagined my daughter texting me while babysitting and my son giving me a play-by-play when he joined a new youth group that he was nervous about. This is not my reality. My reality is kids disappearing in their room to text their friends, phones turned off or on silent when I really need to call, messages left for friends late at night, texting at Grandma’s when they should be socializing and extra charges for extra usage.
Cell phones, tablets, iPads, X-Box, have all created new parenting territory.
My husband and I are not always sure how to navigate this new territory. We have rules but every once-in-a-while we need to reign in the kids and reinstate or change some of the guidelines.
I came across this cell phone contract today at: Cell Phone Contract. I am only adding one thing: text me when you change locations or have been away for a significant amount of time. I have already printed a copy of the contract: Our Family Phone Contract
Time for another family meeting 🙂

About resourcefulresourceteacher

I have been a resource teacher since 2006, a mother since 1998, and a wife since 1994!

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