Yesterday PJ had a friend over to play. About 6:15 I heard PJ and his friend chatting in the next room. PJ said they should see if this boy could stay for dinner with us. It wasn't a good night for that (for me...RS visits) so I started to head for that room to nip this idea in the bud for this time. Instead, I found this six year old boy on his cell phone calling his mother on her cell to see if he could stay.
Yup, that's right, this six year old had his own cell phone.
I was surprised, to say the least. I really do understand getting your kids a cell phone, I have no doubt that we will get to that place in life at some point...but we're not there yet. Starting at age six seems a little extreme for me.
However, I do have to admit that I am super paranoid as a mom (reference TONS of previous posts for proof of that), so maybe I am just really out of the flow of things.
This boy's mother is very responsible and super sweet, so I'm not trying to pick on her. I just can't imagine what goes on in life that a 6-year-old needs to have his own phone.
Still, I trust that families (in general) make choices that will most bless the lives of their family members. Most people are good people and want to do good things so there must be a good reason for this and in reality it is none of my business. It just made me pause and think for a minute.
Hope PJ doesn't start asking for a phone, he will be so disappointed when I laugh to myself and say "No." My kids are awfully deprived. Oh well, I'm doing the best I can just like everyone else.