Thursday, October 4, 2007

Cell phone....

Hannah wants a cell phone.

Her argument includes that she rides the bus and stays after school for different activities.
She has voiced her 'need' for a cell phone to me, on numerous occasions. She just went in and talked to Michael about her 'need' for a cell phone. He immediately went into the whole, "when I was a kid I didn't have a cell phone" rant. It is a learned art form to ask and get what you want, isn't it? Hannah isn't there yet, especially when she stomps off to her room.

Emily blogged about comparing a while ago. Her post was how it is good for us to 'sharpen' each other. I'm not certain that Michael's argument of "I didn't have one, you don't need one" was sharpening anything, other than Hannah's stomp.

Sometimes we just really don't want to be bothered and don't want to take the time to listen to other's (in this case, our children's) wants. I know that is the case with me, many times. I think it is ridiculous what they are asking and I don't want to take the time to even respond. Makes me think about God and my ridiculous want and 'need' requests. I conveniently go to Him in my times of need but then conveniently forget to go to him when things are normal. I even remember to thank Him when things are GREAT, but normal, not so much.

Do you do that also?

P.S. What do you think about the quote on my sidebar? It is from Conversation Peace.

9 comments:

Melissa said...

I think I don't like it, because I don't want to be sweet water! I want to be crabby.

Sherry Hayes said...

I too forget to Thank God enough for things being great or normal but he is the 1st I run to when in need :()
Hunter has wanted a cell phone for several years and he too has the same argument. I keep telling him when he starts driving he can have one. It is hard for them since most of their friends seem to have one. I'm sure I'll give in sooner than later :)

Mom said...

Kids don't usually care what you did or didn't have when you were a kid. They cannot even relate to that. I love that....only "sharpened her stomp".....very very funny.

Gideon mommasita said...

no sweet water here, bitter water all throughout the well I do believe.
Amy Carmicheal is a model to emulate indeed!

Johnna said...

I have to admit we gave in on a phone for Madie in the 7th grade. It has been a comfort at time knowing I can get in touch with her and she with us. We also are on the same network as our families and she regularly calls her grandparents...in fact she probably talks to them more than I do. She calls them to check in everyday on her bus ride home. I'm thankful for her relationship with them. Come on Michael give in. When we were growing up we didn't wear seat belts, played with lead painted toys and walked up hill both ways to school...in the snow. :-)

Anonymous said...

Tell her to carry the garage door opener around & act like she's talking on it----------maybe she'll start a new fad! ha! TELL HER TO BORROW A PHONE IF SHE NEEDS TO CALL HOME--I KNOW-IT'S TOO COOL TO HAVE ONE OF YOUR OWN----wow-our chillins' grow up too fast!

Mom said...

Do you remember wanting a phone in your room? You begged and begged...you finally got one...how old were you 16?
Do you remember when you wanted a car?
Do you remember wanting your ears pierced?
Every kid wants something their parents aren't ready to give.
You will make the right decision.

Josh said...

I'm with Mike on the cell phone thing, though I like the point of listening. I've found it effective to listen attentively and with great interest to why one boy or another needs the latest Bioncle, then to say no. Stomping off is not restricted to girls. Probably due to homeschooling, the boys have shown no interest in a cell phone, besides playing the games on Emily's.

Josh said...

Oh, yeah, I forgot about the water quote. It probably works in the inverse also: a cup full of bitter water won't spill a drip of sweet water ...


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