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

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Visitor Comments: 10

(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 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...

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