Facebook poll: How old should your child be when he/she gets their first cell phone?
I really think that when a child begins to drive and go places without their parents is the right time for them to have a cell phone.
Yep. I’m old-fashioned. Yep. I am a fuddy-duddy.
There were no cell phones when my children were growing up and by the time my son was driving, I wouldn’t have been able to afford one for him anyway. My income was seriously reduced when I was divorced.
So my son and daughter got cell phones when they got jobs and could afford them. I have only had one for a couple of years myself.
The better question might be “are we spoiling our children by giving them whatever they ask for, just because their peers have it?”
Thankfully I am out of the parenting business and don’t have to make these kinds of decisions. I am now at a great place where my children are my friends. There is no better best friend for a mother than her daughter. And there is no better protector for a mother than her son.
I am blessed.