Teresa - posted on 03/12/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )
My DH wants to get my SS a cell phone. He will be 11 in a few weeks.
This has been an ongoing conversation in our house for a couple of years. First, it was BM who wanted one, because she didn't have a house phone. And with SS roaming the neighborhood, she wanted a way to find him. I told DH that that is her problem, not ours.
Now the problem du jour is that he is now in Boy Scouts – not Cub Scouts anymore – and he will be away a lot and "may need to call us." From what I remember, he isn't allowed to have electronic devices of any sort on any Scout trip. That's why there are leaders, and all leaders have phones.
My issues is twofold at this point: 1) I want BM to be responsible for the cost of the phone and the service. We pay child support, and she is custodial. We only have him EOW and on Thursdays. 2) I'm not ready to bestow a phone upon my DD when she is somewhere between 9 and 11.
So, what's your situation and how do you manage it?