January 3, 2013
"Janelle Hoffmanâ€™s 13-year-old son Greg wanted an iPhone for Christmas. Mom came through and delivered the goods on Christmas, but the phone came with a few conditions. OK, it was more than a few conditions.
In order for Greg to keep the phone, he had to agree to follow his parentsâ€™ list of 18 conditions..."
Eighteen of them, and they start like this...
"Merry Christmas! You are now the proud owner of an iPhone. Hot Damn! You are a good & responsible 13 year old boy and you deserve this gift. But with the acceptance of this present comes rules and regulations.
Please read through the following contract. I hope that you understand it is my job to raise you into a well rounded, healthy young man that can function in the world and coexist with technology, not be ruled by it. Failure to comply with the following list will result in termination of your iPhone ownership.
I love you madly & look forward to sharing several million text messages with you in the days to come.
1. It is my phone. I bought it. I pay for it. I am loaning it to you. Arenâ€™t I the greatest?
2. I will always know the password.
3. If it rings, answer it. It is a phone. Say hello, use your manners. Do not ever ignore a phone call if the screen reads â€œMomâ€ or â€œDadâ€. Not ever.
4. Hand the phone to one of your parents promptly at 7:30pm every school night & every weekend night at 9:00pm. It will be shut off for the night and turned on again at 7:30am. If you would not make a call to someoneâ€™s land line, wherein their parents may answer first, then do not call or text. Listen to those instincts and respect other families like we would like to be respected. . ."
Click the linked title to read more of the contract between Mom and son ... it's worth it.