A parenting cross road. Cell phone or no cell phone?
I recently sent the below email to a couple of girlfriends to take a survey as to my mom-making decision abilities as of lately.
She continues to “research phones” in hopes to find a more affordable option for her parents. I found this while cleaning her room this afternoon.
Nine years old is an interesting, scary and strange age. She wants to be old, but she is still a little girl. Case in point, her fairy box. She pulled an old shoe box from the recycle bin and created a Fairy Hotel in hopes the fairies will fly in and stay while she is asleep at night. She checks for fairy dust each morning- and she might have just found some a time or two.
She asks to wear lip gloss but still writes letters to Santa each year.
She has posters in her room of One Direction (a boy band) next to a poster of a Yorkshire Terrier puppy.
Pre-teen. Little girl.
We are torn as to what we should do regarding giving her this independence in the form of a telephone. Sticking to our guns for obvious reason makes a lot of sense on many levels, as does equipping her with what we also know is a safety feature from a parent’s perspective.
As many books as she can cram onto her shelves- along with Pez and a Magic 8 Ball.
Parenting comes without a hand book which means we have to make up the rules as we go. Blazing our little path with our first born keeps us ever thinking, questioning our decisions, praying and hoping we are making the best choices for our little people that hold our hearts.
To be continued……