I recently got my first issue of Working Mother magazine (thanks, Momma) and finally had the chance to look through it. Yes, of course, I was in the bathroom. Where else would I have the chance to read a magazine without someone interrupting me, climbing on me, or ripping the pages out of my hands?!
I started reading the article, "Kids' Firsts" which went through suggested ages that children should be expected to do certain activities. For example, the expected age to start reading is 4-7 years old. Fine. That makes sense. Staying home alone? 8-11. Okay, that's a little young...but I'll give you the benefit of the doubt. Then I came to this one.
Getting a cell phone? 5-13 years old.
A 5 year old with a cell phone? Are you kidding me?! Can you think of ONE single reason a 5 year old should have a cell phone? Is Cole going to call me from preschool if he wets his pants? Call his Dad when his toy tractor breaks down? Oh wait...I've got it. He can text his imaginary friend, Johnny, from China to come over and play. Good Lord.
I cringe every time I hear some of my 5th graders mention their cell phones. Where is a 10 year old going without parents? More importantly...where are they going where there is no telephone?! I just don't get it.
And a 5 year old? No. Just no.
Does your child have a cell phone? What age do you think is appropriate? Please don't say 5.