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One of the big issues that arise when one of our kids goes off to middle school is: How are we going to keep in touch?

Even though I feel strongly that kids need their own space, there is no way around the fact that daily life separates our family and that staying connected becomes logistically imperative.

OIdest got a cell phone a few days before he entered the giant, intimidating doors of middle school, and Middle is reminding us of this fact every day.

“When am I going to get a phone?”

A few months ago MFP and I collectively spent about 8 hours on the phone with our internet/cell phone provider trying to figure out a way to cut our monthly bill. So, the idea of calling them again to add another phone and another 2-year contract seemed unappealing, to say the least.

Luckily I recently heard about MetroPCS, the nation’s most affordable 4G LTE service, with plans starting at $40 – taxes and regulatory fees included. Basically, you can choose any plan and any device and change at any time to fit your lifestyle and evolving needs. Like your middle child catching you off guard by heading off to middle school where he will be staying after school for sports practices, etc. Or where he is in danger of being the least-cool kid at school without a phone.

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Recently I had the pleasure of testing out the service, which includes unlimited talk, text and data with a Samsung Galaxy Attain 4G, which is quite affordable at $199 (+ tax and after mail-in rebate, for a limited time).

Middle was jumping up and down with excitement when the phone arrived; unfortunately, he was shipped off to camp a day later.

But don’t think we haven’t used the phone he left behind.



Monday Youngest started golf camp on a course that is about a ten minute drive away. I dropped him off and sped off to pick up Oldest from cross country practice and then raced home to take my run and shower.

Around 11:30 a.m. I told Oldest I was heading back to the golf course to pick up Youngest a bit early, since I wanted to see his swing in action.

However, when I arrived the counselor told me nonchalantly that the camp day ended at 11:30 a.m. and that my son was most likely standing on the green waiting for me.

Except he wasn’t.

“Err, maybe he’s in the restaurant?” the counselor offered.

No dice.

At this point people with walkie-talkies began swarming around us.

“There’s a kid on the 18th hole. Maybe that’s him?”

We walked silently in that direction, though I knew Youngest would not stroll out to the 18th hole.

As we rounded the corner I saw a runner walking with a small boy whose gait looked suspiciously familiar.


“I think that’s him!” I shouted and ran over to the lady.

“I found him over there by that palm tree and I thought he was lost…”

After a few tears, Youngest explained his dilemma.

“A mom told me to call you but I didn’t have a phone. And then she offered hers but I couldn’t remember your number. And then I told her that I would just wait for you but you didn’t come and I was really sad.”

Immediately I knew that, due to everyone going in different directions, he needed to take a phone with him the next day to camp, even if just to feel more secure.



I made myself a contact and showed him how to find my number so he could call me if he was worried about anything.



Oldest has also used the phone numerous times, explaining we could Skype with each other if we needed to.

“That’s silly, because you are always here,” I said.

But he isn’t. In fact, at 15 he travels with his cross country team, his Boy Scout troop and goes out with friends. If he’d had the Samsung Galaxy Attain 4G when he was out of town last week, he would have been able to show us the view from the mountain he spent two weeks climbing, because rear and front facing cameras allow you to chat face-to-face on the touchscreen display.

He did call us, and he used brilliant language to describe what he saw, but it would have been amazing to see the view he worked so hard to enjoy.

In addition to easier communication, we also have access to Rhapsody Unlimited Music, which Oldest plays while we are driving around to our activities. Luckily we agree on most of the selections, save a few which conjure up scary images of sitting in the backseat of a friend’s car in Colorado screaming through a snow storm.

“Bad memories, dude. You are going to have to change it.”



For now, MetroPCS service and the Samsung Galaxy Attain 4G phone have become more indispensable than Charlie, who seems to be the only one who couldn’t care less about keeping in touch.


“Some time to myself would be just fine, thank you very much…”

Do any of your children’s friends have phones? What do they use them most for?

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  1. Mami2jcn says

    My oldest is 9 and has asked about having a cell phone, but I don’t think he’s old enough. I would say 12 years old. None of his friends have phones yet. I’ve seen his friends playing with his parents’ phones, though. I think they play games on them.

  2. Jessica To says

    My son is 9 and one of his classmates showed him his phone. I think it was more for bragging rights than for phone calls!

    • Rebecca says

      I see that a lot! They feel like they need one to fit in with their friends. It’s crazy how young they start all of this technology, isn’t it?

  3. says

    My son has one (but he is 18 now). He uses it for texting mostly! ha don’t they all; anyway, he got his when he was 16 after he got his first job and could pay for it himself. Thanks kmassman gmail

  4. Amanda Sakovitz says

    One of my friend’s children is 10 and they have a phone. I think it is good for emergency situations.

    • Rebecca says

      Perfect for that, but I guess it is one more thing to monitor for a lot of parents. Still, they come in handy..

    • Rebecca says

      Watch out. They come out of the womb with thumbs ready! JK. Congrats on the baby on the way! Thankfully you have many years in which to avoid this conversation…

  5. Erik says

    My daughter is 10 years old and already has asked for a cell phone. She claims all her cousins and friends have one. I still think she is too young. I think that the best time for her to have one would be when she enters junior high. I imagine that all the kids her age use their phones to send each other text messages.

    • Rebecca says

      I think middle school is age appropriate. That’s when they gain a bit of independence and may need to call you to pick them up, etc. Elementary school is quite young, but it really depends on the situation. Some of my friends work on the other side of the city and give their young children phones so that they can keep in touch…

    • Rebecca says

      My friends who have girls seem to have more of a problem with all-hours-of-the-day texting. My kids aren’t completely dedicated to around the clock communication. Yet!

  6. Denise L says

    My daughter is 20 so yes all of her friends have phones and they use them for everything! Seriously she barely cracks open that $$$ laptop I bought her when she went off to college. Her android phone is her portal to the world.

  7. Jessie C. says

    DDs are still too young to have cell phones and none of their friends have. I have seen some elder ones in their play group ( 10 yr old) uses cell phones for texting and games.

  8. says

    No, none of my kids’ friends has a cell phone yet. They are still too young. But I think they’ll all get one soon, when they turn 11 or 12.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  9. Michelle H. says

    My daughter and her friends all have cell phones, they spend a lot of time texting but also my daughter and friend use Facetime to talk and have conversations. They even compare outfits since they can each see the other on their phones.

  10. Rick C says

    I am a parent of a 17 year old. I remember getting my son a phone around 11 years of age. It is a vital tool for communication for the family. Teenagers love them.

  11. carmen says

    I don’t have any children but the teens I know do not have their own phones; they borrow their parents’ if they are going somewhere.

    • Rebecca says

      My kids have borrowed my phone a lot in the past. Now we need them both so that they can contact me when we are both out and about…

  12. Debbie B says

    i don’t have any small children but many of my friends do and their
    kids all have phones – they are around 11-12 years old

  13. Gina M says

    My son is only a toddler, so I am not sure. I think it is not a bad idea to let some kids have them for emergencies.

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  14. Betty C says

    My children are all adults now with cell phones and their friends as well. I’m not a big fan of cell phones because for some reason it’s now okay to interrupt meals, text almost non-stop and share even the most trivial information by phone. Actual conversation is going by the wayside and I can’t say enough about the poor grammar and the lack of ability to spell.

  15. Kerry says

    My 12 year old takes our “home cell phone” with him when he is going to different activities or friends houses. Other than that he doesn’t use it much.

  16. says

    I don’t have kids, so can’t really answer that question. I will say, if I did have kids, they would only use their cell phones for emergencies. Any non-emergency use would be free usage that came with the phone and it would be a pay-as-you-go plan too…no surprise bills for me! LOL

  17. BETH B says

    all of my 14yo’s friends have phones &they are constantly texting each other or checking their friends FB status’ etc… My 8yo has a few friends that have phones but they mostly use it for calling home to check in

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