Originally Posted by Oriole
I have to say I see absolutely nothing wrong with calling your parent every day. I talk to my parents every day, and I am 27. We see each other on average once a week, and proud of it. In fact, DSD, DP and I just came back from playing Scrabble at my parents' house. :P
I think a cell phone is a good stepping stone for when a child enters middle school. But at 7?..
I don't see anything wrong with calling your parents every day if it is just to say hi and how are you today and remind me what temp to cook a roast on. But it sounded like the poster you are responding to meant adult kids who can't tie their shoes without calling mom for input. THAT isn't appropriate or helpful to the maturing of the adult kid. What you do, Oriole, sounds really nice and I am very jealous to be honest.
And I agree - middle school is also our "when you get a cell phone" rule.
Originally Posted by ProtoLawyer
If we do add it to the plan, we'll need to work out in advance with her mom what happens if the phone gets lost. (Do we keep replacing? If so, who pays? Even if we get the protection plan, there's a deductible.) What do those of you whose kids have cell phones do?
Does dsd have a digital camera or a gameboy or some other expensive electronic item? How does she do with remembering it, keeping it in one piece, charging it, self-limiting use, etc? My dd1 is 13 now and super responsible. Her first gameboy (at age 8 I think it was) was left on an airplane. She is on her third phone in a little over a year - she doesn't lose them but they break. MINE never break... so is she not careful enough with them or is her phone really a lemon?
It is - logistically - a bit of a nightmare, and I have a 13 year old not a 7 year old using the phone. It isn't charged. I forgot the charger. It was in my coat and I didn't hear it ring (when I'm trying to call her). I left the house without it and now want to turn around and go back regardless of how far we have gotten. Texting WAY over her limit and a GIANT bill before we went to unlimited texting. The ability to take a photo and instantly forward it to ANYONE (probably not on the Firefly or whatever that limited kid phone is - but I don't think those go on family plans, do they?) I dropped it onto the cement. It fell out of my pocket and into the toilet. And on and on...
Personally, I wouldn't if it wouldn't start WWIII. But in your situation, I don't know that it would be my hill to die on.
AND I really agree with having her use a good/real (not toy) walkie talkie when on her bike or such near your house or near you. We got great ones at Costco that work up to 8 miles.