Monday, September 20, 2010

The Monster I Created

This year Oliver’s riding the bus home from school and there are a couple of scheduling issues that might cause him to be home alone for a few minutes every once in a blue moon.

So I bought him a cell phone.

Before you get all riled up about how a 10 year old doesn’t need a cell phone, let me tell you that we don’t have a house phone. So really he kind of does, and it does not go to school with him.

After I bought him this phone I put a few numbers into his contact list and told him in no uncertain terms that he is not allowed to call anyone else.

Everything was fine. I would get texts from him when he was in his room asking things like “Can I get a snack?” or “How are you?”. But for the most part he just answered it if it rang.

And then his cousin/best friend got a cell.

I can’t get him off of it.

They text from the minute he walks in the door until I bodily rip it from his clenched fist 30 minutes after bedtime.

Yesterday he took it in the bathroom with him.

I started to get upset and frustrated with him until I got up from where I was sitting to eat my dinner and grabbed my phone to take it with me to go take a shower.


Christy said...

Yeah I'm with you on that. I sometimes forget it everywhere I go, but not very often.

The Bipolar Diva said...

sounds like me! We have our 12 yr old kid's phone locked down, but he still manages to rack up the texts!
Mine's in my hand 24/7....

Judie said...

You are a brave woman. I hope he has unlimited texting!