Please give him a cell phone for his birthday. Better yet, don’t wait that long. We are begging you.
Look, I understand why you’ve held out on getting him his own cell phone. My own kids didn’t get cell phones until a few weeks ago, and that’s mainly because I needed to reach them. In short, it made my life easier. Now, their phones aren’t connected to the Internet, and they can’t send or receive photos, mainly so they don’t use up my data pack minutes sending photos of their nostrils to their friends.
But here’s the thing: We’d like Jonny to have one, too. See, he knows everything about every phone, including my brand new Droid. In fact, he was showing me how to use it when he was at our house this weekend. Then he regaled me with his extensive knowledge of the apps available for my particular device’s model. He was so fluent in Droid and so happy to let me know it, it was like listening to a wine connoisseur during Prohibition.
While he was here, he borrowed my son’s phone to text and call friends, even though it seemed he had no pertinent information to impart other than, “I borrowed Chris’ phone so I could text and call you.” I’ll bet he has cell phone ads stashed under his mattress. Go check. I’ll wait.
If he had his own phone, I wouldn’t have had to bother you while you were studying on Saturday, and we wouldn’t have had to leave two messages at the house, one with your husband, who didn’t seem to know where Jonny was. We could have texted Jonny ourselves and picked him up for the impromptu sleepover so you wouldn’t even had to think about it at all. Doesn’t that sound appealing?
I made a promise to Jonny when I dropped him off on Sunday that I would make a case for you getting him his own cell. I’ve done that here. All I can suggest now is for you to get the unlimited texting package and to disable the app store so you save some cash. Also, ditch the manual. He doesn’t need one.
*We changed the real name so his privacy (and his mother) would be protected. I have no way of sending this link to him, so I’ll send it to his mom instead.
Share, share: Are cell phones a good thing or a bad thing for your own kids? A little of both?