The other day I caught myself giving a lengthy speech about the importance of kids doing their chores and respecting their parents. Unfortunately, the speech was not to a group of people at a Love and Logic event. It was to my seven-year-old son in response to his eye-rolling and huffing about having to clean up after the dog.
I used to be a parenting expert. That is…until I had kids.
More and more really good kids are getting in big trouble with cell phones.
Teachers are pulling their hair out over students who spend more time text messaging than learning. Some students are even using phones to take inappropriate pictures of test answers…and each other!
Teen drivers and cell phones create havoc…and death!
Parents are finding themselves in constant battles with their kids over huge cell phone bills, lost phones, stolen phones, damaged phones, phones being used at the dinner table and during church, phones being taken away at school, etc.
Here are some suggestions:
Be a good model. Don’t use your phone while driving, and show respect for others by turning it off when you should.
Let your child know that they can have a phone only when they can pay for the privilege.
Don’t fall into the trap of believing that your kid has to have a phone for safety reasons.
If the phone is lost, stolen, or taken away at school, it’s gone. Don’t buy them another.
Take it away if it becomes a problem.
While this advice may seem old-fashioned, parents who follow it raise far more respectful and responsible kids.