The trouble with... (Edited 09/09/11 11:41AM by Jess)
And pre-teens. Tweens? What's the difference? I honestly don't know...
So anyway, we don't have a landline. We haven't had a landline since it became normal (and logical) for both my husband and I to carry our own cell phones. When my daughter got old enough to grasp the concept of pushing the right button on her little Firefly phone to reach either me or her dad (or 911 for extreme) in case of emergency we got her one of those. That was all well and fine until AT&T discontinued them, because she could only call us with it, and it was convenient and comforting for her to carry when we went to the store in case we got separated, etc. I know, it's ridiculous and we never had anything like that when we were kids but I don't care...it put my mind at ease.
Anyway, now she'll be 10 in a few days and she still has a cell phone, used only to call her grandmothers from home when she wants to talk to them, and to call me or her dad when she's at a friend's, to check in. Well, and also for the previous mentioned emergencies. When she's home, unless she's on the phone with her grandma, I have her phone. And texting is disabled.
Herein lies the problem. We still have no landline, and while I understand it might be a decent idea to have one, I'm not spending the extra $ to have both that and individual cells. When I was 8-9, and started to be a little more social, my friends and I would talk on the phone occasionally. By the time I was 13, I had a phone in my room (not my own landline, but my own phone on the family landline). I'm at a loss at what to do here. I don't want to give her free access to her phone, but at the same time it's not really fair to her to not be able to chit chat with her friends just like I was able to at that age, just because times have changed and a landline is out of the picture.
I guess I just have a few questions...
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