Are we giving our children too much freedom?

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How do we know when enough is enough, or too much when it comes to our children?Texting

Being a single Dad of two children one 11 and one 14 it is hard for me to find the balance of giving them their freedom but also keeping tabs on them as well.

Both of my children now have cell phones. This is a necessity because of various activities they have along with my crazy schedule, I need to be able to get in touch with them. Also since they live with me, they need a way to stay in touch with their Mom.

That’s all well and good, but the problem now is these phones are attached to them every waking moment. They are constantly connected to the outside world. They text their friends before they even eat their breakfast in the morning.

Is this normal? According to many articles I have read, it is quite normal.

They text about anything just to keep that outside line open. They even text when they are in the same room with each other at times. Not to mention reaching out on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, AIM, Skype or the like.

Is all this chatter ok? Is it causing any long term issues that we don’t know about? Does it make our children grow up faster than they should? Being in touch with the outside world every waking moment could add bad influences as well as good.

The question I have is does your children or child have a cell phone and if so do you limit the use? If so what limits do you set? If we don’t set any limits does this open the door for more problems in the future?

So what are your thoughts? Should there be limits and if so what limits should be set or what limits do you set?

Please feel free to share your opinions and advice in the comments below…

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