I took my daughter to her swimming lesson the other day. I looked across from me and every single parent was on their cell phone. Kind of sad really that someone can’t sit and actually WATCH their child participate in an activity without being on a phone. Kids grow up so fast and it’s those everyday moments that many parents are taking for granted. They are missing the opportunity to live in the moment. I would say at least once a week my 10 year old asks me why she can’t have a phone. “All my friends have one, it’s not fair”! I think to myself, YOU ARE ONLY 10! Are you serious right now?! I don’t want to lose my daughter to what I call “today’s technology induced coma”.
I remember when I was growing up the house rule was be home by the time the street lights came on. It was a great life; just my bike, good neighbourhood friends and the open road. LOL!
Our young children are struggling to socialize in today’s world. Teaching your child to make eye contact and how to hold a conversation is an extremely important life skill. Whatever happened to knocking on your friend’s door to see if they wanted to “hang” and get some EXERCISE and fresh air instead of sitting there texting doing NOTHING…
Here are five reasons why children shouldn’t have cell phones: http://sahm.org/house-home/5-reasons-your-kid-should-not-have-a-cell-phone/2/
Much to my daughter’s chagrin, I plan on sticking to my decision of no cell phone. I will revisit this when she is 14. Why 14 you ask? At that age she will have reached a certain maturity level and be able to properly take care of a phone. Plus, at 14 she will be more independent and need a phone to call or text me especially for emergencies. Now I just want her to enjoy being a kid and enjoy the great outdoors. Who’s with me?
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