As we prepare to bring more children into our home, Alan and I have been discussing guidelines once again. Will we do things the same as when our other four children were growing up, or are there changes to be made? We will most likely be adopting at least one teenager, so how do we give guidelines that may be different than what they previously had? We have been talking through cell phones, texting, and facebook. We seem to both be on the same page with these things, but I think it will be tricky to give a bunch of guidelines to a teenager who is brand new in our home. I kind of think we will need to gradually do it, but I am not sure.
As for cell phones, we are pretty set on the fact that you don't ever need one unless you are driving. That opinion hardly made us the cool parents before and I am pretty sure it won't now. I think texting may want to be avoided all together for quite a while. It has proven to be a very easy way for inappropriate discussions to take place.
Any thoughts? When did you let your kids have a facebook? How much internet time do you allow? How much television? What is your opinion of cell phones and kids?
Although these issues are issues that Alan and I need to have covered together, I know that our kids will need love and support the most. The other things will come, but the love and stability will make us a family.