Why I Gave My 9-Year-Old a Cell Phone

I swore I wouldn't give my daughter Franny a cell phone until she was thirteen. And whenever my nine-year-old asked, as she had been doing more frequently, "Mom, when can I have a cell phone?" this is what I told her. There were a few reasons why I thought 13 was the magic cell phone number. She'd be responsible enough not to lose it. She'd be old enough to coordinate her own social plans. Her dad got her brother an iPhone when he was thirteen and I wanted to be fair....more
I think this is a great idea! @fouragainsttwo more

Why I Gave My 9-Year-Old a Cell Phone

I swore I wouldn't give my daughter Franny a cell phone until she was thirteen. And whenever my nine-year-old asked, as she had been doing more frequently, "Mom, when can I have a cell phone?" this is what I told her. There were a few reasons why I thought 13 was the magic cell phone number. She'd be responsible enough not to lose it. She'd be old enough to coordinate her own social plans. Her dad got her brother an iPhone when he was thirteen and I wanted to be fair....more
I def agree that it is a maturity kind of thing, not necessarily an age thing. @redwritinghood more

If You Don't Buy from My Kid, I Won't Buy from Yours

I have three kids which means in our time and like everyone else, we’ve sold a lot of crap. We’ve sold cookie dough, pizza making kits, wrapping paper, God awful things they considered “gifts,” magazine subscriptions and of course, Girl Scout cookies. We are VERY lucky that the elementary school we’re at now doesn’t participate in item sales; they just ask us for pledges and donations at the beginning of the year. And then nickel and dime us the rest of the year, but that’s a different post. Since two out of the three girls are scouts and sell cookies, I try to always buy from other parents when their kids are selling things for their clubs or schools. With one exception....more
I may be a bad mamma, but I don't let my kids sell any of the fundraising things the school ... more
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