If you’re a parent of a preteen or a teenager, esp. if she’s a girl, then you are probably used to theatrics on some level. I swear to you, my 11-year old has a movie career just waiting for her to embrace.
It turns out, a friend and mom, of a preteen boy, found this app, called, “Teen Safe”. I actually chose to go with MMGuardian Parental Control. In essence, it turns the cell phone into a paper weight; for whatever hours you choose. I admit it, I should be better about app searching, because I LOVE this idea.
When my daughter and husband returned home last night, I told them about this wonderful app. Ok, I thought it was wonderful. The look of horror on my daughter’s face summed up how great this app truly is going to be. I suppose I took a bit too much pleasure in her thought of not being able to access her phone for a set number of hours. To be fair, she should be sleeping when the hours are in effect anyway.
After the look of shock, she sank to her knees, called me a demon and began to contemplate the impending “lock down” of her precious phone. Now if you recall, she currently attends a small, private, Christian school. Suddenly, she jumps up, runs out the door, but not before uttering, “May the power of Christ repel you!”
I almost busted out laughing. I’m a demon in need of an exorcism apparently. All for making sure she gets a good night’s sleep without cellular distraction. After the amusement wore off, I thought to myself, “well, at least I’m getting my money’s worth (for her school)”.
I received a text from my daughter’s Ninang (Godmother) yesterday that had me busting up, so I had to share.
She has two boys, ages 5 (Joseph) and 7 (Jordan). Joseph already had confessed to his Elf on a Shelf that he was running in the house and asked he not tell Santa. It was really cute, because he told his mom that when she asked about their conversation. If he only knew. lol
Joseph had received his naughty list warning from his Elf. As any little brother would do, he sought advice from his older sibling. He asked Jordan what would happen if his name gets on the naughty list.
Jordan responded he would get coal. “What’s that?” Joseph inquired. Jordan tells him, “It’s like the charcoal dad uses in the BBQ” Without skipping a beat, Joseph adds, “Ohhhh. Well if I make it on the naughty list and get lots of coal, I’ll just give it to dad so he can BBQ!”
I couldn’t help but laugh. Joseph has one of the brightest and most positive spins on life. Not much phases this child. It was a great way to look a potentially negative consequence. Who needs a silver lining when you have a coal one?
My daughter started at a private, Christian school about a month ago. We’re finally getting over the homeschool to school hurdle and she’s doing really well there.
Every day when I pick her up, she tells me about her day. The other day she was telling me what they learned in Bible class.
“Mom, today we learned we are all created in God’s image. Well except for us girls. We’re a little messed up in the chest and all; you know puberty and stuff.”
I swear, if I had been drinking anything, it would have been all over my windshield. I was definitely not expecting that but couldn’t help laugh out loud. That kid cracks me up. You know the saying, “out of the mouth of babes…”