When I was 10 years old, my parents drove me down to the Systems Command building on K.I. Sawyer AFB in Upper Michigan and got me my very first military dependent ID card. At the time, that was the most exciting day of my life! For a military kid, turning 10 years old and being allowed to get your first ID card is the equivalent of turning 16 years old and finding a brand new car in the driveway. Seriously!
Well, times have changed. I have fought against the tide and put my foot down, as unpopular as it might make me – I am not allowing my child to have a cell phone (call me old-fashioned, I don’t care. I’m old school!! And broke…). But when Elle asked me tonight if she could, at the very least, get her own email account, I really couldn’t think of a reason to say no.
So she has her own email account. Only a few select people have the address but you’d think this kid just turned 16 years old and found a brand new car in the driveway!
I, (Elle), will sign this contract about using an email address.
I will not:
1. No inappropriate jokes or language.
2. No gossip or rumors.
3. I will only use this email address to talk to family & buddies.
4. Mom can read anything in my email account anytime.
*If I break any rules, I will be given consequences, like shutting down my email account.
Elle has already sent me two emails; the first proclaiming she loves me more than Brad Pitt and the second declaring how cute Jack the dog looks when he’s happy.
Considering she did have her very first military dependent ID card when she was a mere 8 months old, I can’t blame her for feeling a little left behind. But I’m still against 10 year old kids requiring a cell phone. And teaching her how to attach YouTube videos of the Annoying Orange. In fact, I’m very VERY VERY against that.
Watch this (if you’re not already familiar with it). You’ll understand. Also, don’t blame me. I warned you.