It seems there is an overwhelming majority of mothers-to-small-children in the blog-world as many people are there to speak up when I need help with toddler or baby dilemmas, but not so much with the pre-teen questions. But – I am begging you, if you’re out there – I need your help/advice now about LilZ. MY SON HAS A PHONE ATTACHED TO HIS HEAD AND I CAN’T SEEM TO REMOVE IT.
Oh. My. God. First, we have reached a little bit of territory where I have to preserve some information to avoid embarrassing my son to any level, but let’s just say he now has someone to talk to on the phone (wink…wink…) and he is talking to this person every hour of every day.
He is learning my long-standing rule of “Off the phone by 8pm on a school night and 9pm any other night” is a lot more restricting when you have someone to talk to who does not have the same limitations. Now, suddenly, this rule is questioned and he is…get this…asking for a cell phone. Like seeing him on the phone for the last 72 hours straight motivates me in any way to want to sign a contract forcing me to be responsible for paying for those minutes. I have told him he only gets a cell phone when it is something that will make my life easier. No sooner.
So – seriously. What are your phone rules for your talk-a-holic? What about cell phones? When do you give them to your child and how do you make sure they don’t end up costing you your home? And more importantly: How awesome in it to now have the leverage of: “If you don’t do [insert task here] there will be no more phone tonight!” I’ve never seen him take out the recycling so fast before in my life.