Saturday, February 20, 2010
If you give a 'tween a cell phone
Shamelessly stealing a classic concept here, now updated for parents of 'tweens.
(The following is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to actual 'tweens is merely a coincidence.)
If you give a ‘tween a cell phone
She’ll probably need texting, because you’ll have to pay for every text she sends AND receives.
Then she’ll need internet access so she can check her email while she’s out.
If she’s going to check her email, she might as well check Facebook.
If she’s going to check Facebook, she’ll need a Facebook account.
Once she’s on Facebook, she’ll see what all of her friends are up to.
She’ll see that they are allowed to go to movies without a parent, so she’ll ask to go to a movie as well.
She’ll point out that she now has a cell phone, so you can call her to check up on her.
Once she goes to a movie, she’ll want to hang out with these friends some more.
She’ll notice that all the friends wear Uggs, so she’ll tell you that she must have Uggs.
If she’s lucky enough to get a pair of Uggs for Christmas, she’ll wear them until spring. Then she’ll say it’s too hot for Uggs, and she needs a pair of Coach tennis shoes.
If she’s lucky enough to get a pair of Coach tennis shoes for the next Christmas, she’ll also want a Coach wristlet.
Her friends will want to sit around and talk about their name brand stuff.
She’ll decide that she doesn’t have as much stuff as her friends.
She’ll beg you for a trip to the mall so that she doesn’t have to wear nerd clothes.
She’ll lend her new jacket to a friend.
You’ll ask her where it is, and she’ll tell you not to worry.
Instead, she comes home in someone else’s brand name jacket.
You’ll wonder if the other jacket wearer’s parent is wondering where that jacket is.
With all this time spent on clothes, texting and Facebook, she’ll run out of time to do homework.
Then she’ll get the cell phone taken away.
You’ll argue, and she’ll call you mean and horrible.
But she’ll finally do enough work to get her grades back up.
You’ll give her back the cell phone.
And she’ll tell you that her cell phone is old and outdated and she needs a new one.