These questions can tell you a lot about whether your child is responsible enough to handle a cell phone. If you find after a couple weeks of observing that improvement is needed in those areas. Sit down with your child and explain that you are thinking about buying them a cell phone, and you need to see that they are responsible enough to use one. Talk with them about how having a cell phone is a privilege and not a right. And that they need to earn that privilege. Let them know the areas where they need to improve and what you expect from them.
Painting the room is also a great way to freshen up the bedroom for a very low cost. When deciding on what color to use, pay close attention to the colors on the polka dots. Bold and bright colors would be best. Next, we can move on with the de-cluttering of the room. Put toys away in storage containers. Storage containers for kids do not have to be so boring and obvious. It can be used to your advantage. Work the storage containers around the decor of the room. Choose colors that coordinate best with the bedding. Put the containers in the closet or under the bed if the room is too small. Closets should be cleaned and well organized as well.
Remember to tie those consequences back to the privilege of having a cell phone. I have found when you involve your child in making the rules it is easier for them to keep the rules and they tend to remember them. Keep in mind some kids can take the care needed to handle the responsibilities of a cell phone, but others may not be ready. Cell phones are not for everyone. Examine your motives for giving your child a cell phone; it may be more for your comfort than for your child.
No matter what your reason is for buying a cell phone for your child I think it‘s a good idea to make sure they can be responsible. I know parents who have bought cell phones for their kids and they wind up losing them, or letting their friends borrow them. Before giving one to your child take a couple months to determine if they can handle the responsibility by observing your child and ask yourself:
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