Ignore No More

Forcing your kids to answer your calls. Is it a good idea?

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(10) Lisa, August 31, 2014 4:22 AM

Ignore me no more!

I love it!! If my kids can't ( or won't) call me back.....at least text me...& if they can't ( or won't).....then we cut all phone connection! The punishment does indeed fit the crime!!

(9) Ilbert, August 29, 2014 8:42 AM

Respect of One's Parents is essential

I can tell that I belong to another generation. While I respected my children, if the child was living in my home and I was paying for room and board (and paying for the phone), as a parent I demanded respect. I was not interested in being liked by my children. I was never their friend, I was their father. As a result, I still have an excellent relationship with my children, who are now mature adults with their own children.

(8) Chaya sarah Stark, August 28, 2014 11:27 PM

Way overdue.

A brilliant idea whose time has come. I don't think it's overstepping boundaries. I think children need space, but answering a phone is a common courtesy. You don;t see their friend's calls going unanswered. Way to go, Sharon!!!

(7) JB Destiny, August 28, 2014 7:06 PM

One correction: your child can call emergency services, but also a pre-entered list of other phone numbers-Mom, Dad, doctor, etc. that said, I think the previous commenters are addressing a different issue than the one presented. Not even the app's creator says that it's the only way to get your kids to call back. You do need a good relationship with your child. However, it's human nature for kids to think that their friends are their priority, and to see that call from Mom or Dad and say, forget it, I'll call later, I'm having fun now. As long as this is added to your parenting toolbox, and you don't rely on this app exclusively, it may be right for you to use. Surely, you shouldn't need to use it more than a couple times for your child to pick up when you call, even if it's just to say " I'm fine, but I can't talk right now."

(6) Mati, August 28, 2014 6:43 PM

I like it.

Now I can have my rabbi return my calls...

(5) Anonymous, August 28, 2014 5:42 PM

Tought would be a good and cute lesson but after thought was that life is going to teache them when comes the time , when they will be parents and will have the same feelings patience is the key for connecting with children !

(4) Susan Don, August 26, 2014 11:26 AM

Teach respect without techniology

Having shared the same frustrating issue, the app goes too far. Talk to your children face to face. Explain the importance of answering a call or returning a text as many times as necessary, eventually they will respond.

(3) Ionah Estevez - Breton, August 25, 2014 11:53 PM

Don´t destroy the relationship !

Parent´s relationships with their kids should never ignore 3 very important topics : respect, non-vindicative behaviour and open communication at all times. I Think this cyber-gadget ignores this fundamental notion. Thanks.

(2) SusanE, August 25, 2014 8:12 PM

Really....a Parent goes that far against her own children?

What in the world is THIS world coming to? Who pays for the phone and who pays the phone bill? If kids aren't answering calls and you are paying the bill shut the darned phone off. When they buy their own phone they can decide who to call and who to answer. But making an app??? you know that kids can get around anything. They can press a button and deliver a prerecorded message back to parents automatically. You're right using the word notoriety, Rabbi. The app is just another threat that controlling parents, in this case a competitive mother, makes to their kids. it isn't for their own good, it's because SHE wants to win over her own children.

(1) Dvirah, August 25, 2014 4:21 PM

Dangerous Situations

As a resident of Israel, I don't think it a good idea. My kids might have very good reasons why they can't respond immediately to my call; especially when in service.What if I cut them off, then am myself not available when they desperately need to reach help (other than the police)? Such a situation might cost a child his/her life - and would you want to live the knowledge that no help came because of your app?


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