Thursday, 20 January 2011

11 of 365


11th January: A big day! We gave The Boy his first mobile phone :-) He's of an age now where he's ready to be - and we're ready for him to be - more independent; he wants to start making arrangements to meet up with his friends out of school, and come September when he goes to secondary, we hope he'll be able to walk to and fro by himself. But!! For my own peace of mind more than anything else, in that case I want to make sure he's contactable, and so he now has his own mobile.

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11 comments:

Mary B said...

Yes the mobile is more for the parents than for the child. If only they were available when my children were out and about at that age.
The date amused me too looks like hieroglyphics or primitive notch markings

Mary B said...

Oops forgot to say Morning Mel hope you have a good day

Amy said...

What a big step for you all - I can't imagine being at that stage even though I know it will be here sooner than I think!

debs14 said...

Ah, the first mobile phone - quite a rite of passage nowadays! It will make it easier to give him more freedom and you more peace of mind while he is out enjoying that freedom. However, I did find that in the early years of my son having a phone, he was a little selective about answering it when he was out with friends and he saw the name 'Mum' flash up!

scrappyjacky said...

Very sensible,Mel....just the right time for him to have one....I can never understand why so many younger children have them.
Have to agree with Deb on the 'selective' hearing bit!!!!

Anesha said...

Great idea to give it to him at this age. Have a great day. Hugs Anesha

Rhona said...

We did the same with each of ours as they became independent. It just gives peace of mind knowing you can call them if you need to or visa versa. Only problem is when you call and they don't answer!! xx

Sian said...

I bet he feels very grownup too! He's at just the right age for that next step too.

Jana said...

Yup. My girls have their phones for my comfort.
I love the picture of the date. It's very cool.

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

Oh, I feel very sentimental about The Boy having his own phone, Mel. It is quite a right of passage, isn't it? I remember when Carrie got her first phone, and the times when I'd try to call her and she wouldn't answer and I would go nuts worrying about her! And then there was one month when she was in high school that she went WAY over her texting limit and had a HUGE phone bill to pay back to The Parents. Ah...the memories... ;o)

Lizzie said...

That's a milestone we encountered with our The Boy recently too. He wanted to stay at the Warhammer shop, playing games or painting; we needed to be able to contact him, so a cheap and cheerful mobile was purchased.
A couple of false starts - he forgot it, or he switched off after answering/sending a text message, not realising he needed to still keep the phone on, so he'd get our response! Now he's getting the hang of it.
Our boy's school won't allow children to take their mobile phones (or not without special permission because of circumstances, like getting a public bus home etc). Do you have to get permission for The Boy to have his in school with him?