DS and I got into it tonight, once again over that damn phone. Then right on the heels of that I saw of the following on my younger son school website:
What incredible concept. This makes it so “everyone is doing it” which eliminates parents being labeled bad, mean, or being accused of not understanding. Because sometimes it really does get tiring to feel like you are all of those things.
As I was writing my response to the post, I had a realization:
There’s no reason they need more than a basic phone period. Sure, it becomes as much a part of their fragile teenage identity as the clothes they where and what their parents are like, but the longer you can wait to allow them to communicate behind the screen, the higher their chances are of becoming well spoken positive communicators.
John and I were talking about that just tonight, as were the other football parents tonight. One mom said that her son kept telling her but she really likes me and mom kept saying the only reason she likes you is because you can’t smell you 😂.
In all seriousness, though, it’s kind of true. You don’t get to see who the person really is, or what they really think. They could be sitting behind the screen rolling their eyes and tell you exactly what you want to hear the whole time. You can’t see in their posture that they’re bored, or realize that you’re hurting their feelings by the look on their face. And when you lose sight of reading people, you lose an important piece in the art of communication.
But I digress…
I challenge you: take the pledge. Tell me about it. If you don’t, tell me why you think it’s a bunch of shit. Or too hard. Or whatever.