My middle daughter turned 13 last week.
She is an amazing young woman...who like all kids/people--want things...oh say--like a Facebook page.
She began asking for a Facebook around 12.
My rule was she needed to be 13.
I am not here to pass judgement on those who let their 8 year olds get FB pages, because I don't do that--plus I know people judge me just because I let my child get a page at all.
Anyhow--My rule was 13.
First-- that's the rule because I think that's Facebooks rule and I try to stick to those kind of ideas in life...plus I didn't let my oldest have a page till she was 13. So--needless to say, because I wouldn't let her have a page, we spent most of year 12 WANTING it so so bad. Two weeks before her birthday she almost had me beat down, trying to convince me she was
HOW MANY DAYS AWAY
And then she even gave me, well I could make a page and you wouldn't know.
Needless to say that comment didn't go over well.
Even my oldest told her I would know--
And I reassured her I always know these things and she would get in lottsa lottsa trouble (though didn't quite know what the punishment would be)...and she knew.
So--she stopped asking.
And then it was her birthday.
Two days later, I let her know she could make a page.
Oh yeh..I know--not right now...
And I knew I TRULY had done the right thing by sticking to my words.
Of course--I knew it as a parent, but KNEW it...
Then yesterday, 6 days after her birthday, she told me she wanted to make her page.
And we went through, friending who she wanted to (my rule also is she has to friend her parents + close family friends who have our best interest at heart) -- letting her finally talk to her friends online and create what she needs to--to be 13.
"Happiness is only real when shared".....from Into the Wild
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