Thursday, January 26, 2012

Lisa Life Lesson ~"GET OFF THE PHONE!!!!!"


Cell phones are such a controversial subject for parents aren't they?  When to buy one, which one to buy, how many text messages to allow, data plan, no data plan, blah, blah, blah.  Don't you just wish for simpler times some days?  Like when we were teenagers? No cell phones, no computers, no cable, no Chick Fil A...oh wait.  

Don't forget, when making decisions for your kids such as a cell phone, remember YOU'RE THE PARENT!!!  You make these decisions for your children because they aren't ready nor are they able to make such decisions for themselves.  Too much of a good thing is usually a bad thing.  Handing an 11 year old an iphone is probably not a good idea.  

Start slow and easy.  Just the basics.  Then move into texting, data, etc. as they grow older and deserve the "promotion."   And let me encourage you to not cave in to peer pressure.  When a mom told me she "had to buy her 6 year old a cell phone so that they could stay connected" I wanted to fall out laughing.  If you need a cell phone to stay connected to your  6 year old, then you've got greater problems than a connection.  

Handing a preteen/teen an iphone is handing them a computer.  We should limit computer time, placement and availability.  Please know what you are doing by researching thoroughly your decision.  It is worth your time to make an informed decision.  

With regards to texting, I realize this is a generational thing.  It's their, um, note passing?  Sort of?  It is what it is.  And it's probably not going away anytime soon.  I love to text.  Fast, easy, no drama.  However, as I said earlier, too much of a good thing is probably a bad thing.  If you have a non-stop texter on your hands...1)  discuss the "problem" with addicted texter  2)  pray they see their "problem" immediately and understand your reasoning for removing the source of their addiction 3) remove source of addiction 4) pray they see that life goes on without source of addiction ie.  they're still breathing 5)  enjoy time with non-texting recovering addict.  In other words, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!!! You're the parent!

~Lisa Clark
Sky Ranch SkyMoms Parenting Mentor

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