"Can I Join Facebook?" and 6 More Questions I Dread Answering as a Parent

Photo by: Serge Bielanko
Can I have a cell phone?
Maybe my biggest fear is when my kids finally ask me and their mom for cell phones. It is inevitable, and yet, I dread it. The day is going to come ... more 
Photo by: Serge Bielanko
Can I have a cell phone?
Maybe my biggest fear is when my kids finally ask me and their mom for cell phones. It is inevitable, and yet, I dread it. The day is going to come when kids have them at 7 or 8, heck some do already, and I know that there are good reasons for that in some instances, but still. I want them to to be free of the whole 'hooked on technology' thing for as long as possible. Because by the time they are 16 or so, they'll probably be hooked up to their stupid smart phone just like it was a real part of their face. Ugh.
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Mon, Aug 13, 2012 3:36 PM EDT
In a little over three years' time, I have gone from a man taking care of something beautiful that does not speak to a man answering questions that have absolutely no answer at all. That's right, I've joined the ranks of people with kids who have learned to speak. And while it's a magical trip hearing their voices develop and sentences getting strung together, it also bares a bit of serious foreshadowing, too. Because I know all too well that the day is coming when my kids are going to realize that with the flick of their tongues and the rumble of their lips, they can start to ask me things that I don't ever want to hear. Here are 10 things I'm not looking forward to hearing from my kids as they get older. - By Serge Bielanko



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