Cutting Her Leash Altogether — Sending the Cell Phone Back to the Bitch

Posted: January 26, 2011 in Custody Advice, Misc, Rants and Raves
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There is some good news to share with all of you today! The cell phones that I ordered for my step-daughter and step-son arrived today. Now, to understand why this brought such a smile to my face you have to understand a bit of history about the cell phone issue.

Before the kids came out to live with us in December my step-daughter was on her mother’s cell phone plan. This meant she could control how late she could make calls, who she could call, what kind of phone she had, etc. In fact, because she had spent most of her money drinking at bars around Christmas time the only thing she could really afford for my step-daughter as a gift was a piece of crap cell phone that didn’t work half the time. Yes, nothing says “Merry Christmas” to your child like a $20 cell phone upgrade. She spends more than five times that amount drinking and bowling and eating out in one night.

Anyway, my biological son has an iPhone and I was feeling really bad about my step-daughter’s cell phone issue. Plus, if I’m going to be honest, I did not like the fact that my step-daughter was still on her mother’s cell plan. The solution? Get my step-daughter a new cell phone and my step-son his first cell phone and ship my step-daughter’s piece of crap phone right back to Utah.

Well, the new phones arrived today. My step-daughter got a BlackBerry Storm 2. She’s thrilled with it. My step-son got some little flip phone, but he’s only in third grade so I sure as heck wasn’t going to buy him an iPhone or a BlackBerry.

Now, for those of you who may think I am overindulging my kids by allowing them to have cell phones, you couldn’t be more wrong. Kids need cell phones nowadays. My younger children all know that cell phones are for emergencies only. My teenagers use them to stay in contact with me when they are out with friends. I am an overprotective parent. I always have been. A cell phone is a great way to give freedom while still being able to protect my kids.

I have to admit, I’d be lying if I wasn’t taking some sick satisfaction in the fact that I have effectively cut the last leash that this woman had on my step-daughter. She tried telling my step-daughter to download the BlackBerry IM app. I told my step-daughter it wasn’t allowed. Texting is fine. She doesn’t need to IM her. It’s best if we can keep the damage this woman does to my step-daughter to a minimum. This cell phone situation is progress in the right direction.

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