Posted by on May 20, 2011 in (in)courage, Advice, Kids, Mom stuff, On my soapbox, Parenting |

“… do not exasperate your children;
instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”
~ Ephesians 6:4

Cell_phones

I have a love/hate relationship with cell phones.

I’m thankful for the many conveniences they afford, but I despise the potential temptations, distractions and dangers associated with them, especially as they pertain to children.

In conversation with parents…involved parents…I’ve been alarmed to discover their naïveté.

Smart parenting demands intention; it’s all too easy for parents to frustrate children with “Because I said so”  even when sometimes that IS the answer!  Because I’ve seen one too many heads in the sand, would you allow me to to be a Titus 2 (ahem) “older woman” for you, to offer a few practices and safeguards to consider if you’ve made the decision to allow your children to have a cell phone?  Let’s agree up front this choice is debatable, but rather than argue the benefit of either side, my intent is to offer advice for those who plan to (or already) allow their children cell phone use.

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Please click though to continue reading "Loaded Weapon" at incourage.  I've talked to too many parents who are oblivious to the potential dangers of cell phone use by their children, so I'm thankful for the broader audience of incourage, to encourage parents to THINK hard about this choice and how they'd like to handle it.