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When I got married in 1999, I said I would do it once and never again. Of course, I also assumed that my once would be forever. Fast forward 15 years and now I’m the mom of two cute kiddos and in the middle of a divorce. Things don’t always end up the way we thought they would.
Being the kid in a divorce situation is hard. I would know. I’ve been there too. I remember being with my dad and wishing I could talk to my mom, and vice versa. We could call each other, but people didn’t have cellphones and it was a chore to catch everyone at home at the same time. Most weeks were spent without a connection to my other parent. It was hard.
Things have changed a lot since then. My ex-husband and I both have cell phones (who doesn’t these days?) and we’re always available to our kids whenever they need us – except those times when our kids aren’t with us… School, staying with grandparents, etc… But I never want our kids to feel like they have to go through one parent to get to the other.
I’ve considered getting my 8 year old daughter a cell phone for a while, but the thought of committing to a contract on something I that didn’t know if it would work out or not, it scared me to death! A cell phone contract is a HUGE commitment, one that I just wasn’t ready to make.
After much begging on the part of my daughter (“Mom, I NEED a cell phone!”) and some research on prepaid options, I gave in – but not without a compromise: I picked the phone, I picked the plan and she has to prove that she’s responsible. If she can’t handle it, I stop paying for it and the phone goes bye-bye. I couldn’t do that with a contract plan, but I can with a prepaid plan.
We went shopping to see what options we had as far as phones and plans. We chose the Samsung Galaxy Avant, a pretty cool Smart Phone with all of the typical bells and whistles. The cashier grabbed our phone for us, we got two months of prepaid cards, paid for our purchases and were out the door. No standing around, no crazy waiting to get the phone set up. I did that all at home in about 15 minutes.
We’re a week in and my daughter and I have very much enjoyed being able to send each other a quick text, if just to say “I love you”. She and her brother spent a good 30 minutes on the phone with her dad the day we came home with it. She’s been very responsible with the phone and following the rules I put in place, and I love knowing that if she needs me, she knows I am only a phone call or a text away.