Emily turned 16 this month and we had her birthday party a few days ago. Nothing special for her Sweet 16th birthday – just a boring family party. Sorry Emily – that’s what happens when you have a December birthday.
There are two good things about being 16:
1. You can get your driver’s license
2. Because you can drive and are mobile with friends and such, you also finally get a mobile phone
Nancy and I have held out on getting our kids mobile phones. I see no reason why a 12 year old, or 15 year old for that matter, needs a phone. But once they turn 16 and get a driver license they have a measure of independence that they didn’t have before and having a phone on you can be handy (Emily is under strict instructions to not use her phone at all while in the car).
I had Anne go with me to the phone store to figure out what kind of phone to get. I’m sure she would have liked something cool like an iPhone but no way was I getting a phone that required a data plan. I was worried that if I got her one of the cheap ones that the kids at school might think she was “uncool” but Anne convinced me not to worry about it when she said: “Nobody at school makes fun of what kind of phone you have, Dad. Just having a phone is good enough.” Sounds good to me. If Emily wants a fancier phone with a data plan and such she can pay for it herself.
Happy Birthday Emily! (and absolutely no using the phone unless you are pulled over on the side of the road!)