I simply cannot believe my baby is 16. She has been counting down the days since she was 13 years old. A couple of days ago, while we were eating supper…she looked at me with those giant blue eyes and said “mom, I’ve waited my WHOLE LIFE to be 16.” Aw, to be young and excited about the newest chapter in her life.
At 16 (she believes….not so much of a reality), she can stay up later, get her permit, date, and she gets a cellphone. My goodness….the excitement doesn’t stop. Reality is, she will still go to bed at a decent hour, she can get her permit but she needs to realize that driving is a PRIVILEGE not a RIGHT. Dating, bahahahahahaha, if the boy can withstand me then we will see. We are more of a courting family (although it has never been an issue…not yet), and she did get a cellphone.
Who knew that it is such a big deal to have a cellphone. I’ve seen kids as young as 9 with one. I’m like seriously, people, who the heck are they gonna call. You gonna call them on their cells to let them know that dinner is ready when the child is 6 feet away? I don’t think so.
There are strict restrictions on phones. The first thing I do is install “family bat” on each of the phones (mine included). This app allows you to monitor what goes on with your child’s phone, at all times (even when they change the password on you). You can view that child’s incoming/outgoing phone calls, all texts, all websites viewed, and all pictures EVEN IF YOUR CHILD HAS DELETED ANYTHING, it will still show up on family bat (familybat.com is where you get that once you install the app on the phones). It also has a GPS locator, which stays on, at all times. Phones are turned off and put in a basket, on the mantle by 8 pm. They are not turned back on until 9 am. It may be turned on during school hours, but it is not used. It doesn’t even come in the church because I feel that is disrespectful. I have full rights to see/delete/add to anything because I pay the bill. She is 16…she lives under my roof….its my rules. There is so much evil in this world and so much cyber-bullying, that I will do what I can, when I can to protect my children.
It has been such an honor to have been chosen by God to raise this beautiful child. She is a spitfire. She is much like I was (am) and boy…am I getting paid back! She loves horses, drawing, giggling, and coloring. She is my resident animal whisperer. She loves to laugh and she hates math. She is brilliant, just chooses not to apply her brilliance at times. She loves the Lord and missions. Peach is an excellent babysitter and she is simply funny. That, and she is stunning! I make beautiful babies 🙂
Happy Birthday my sweet Peachy Girl! Looking forward to seeing the path that the Lord has laid out for you!