THIS WEEK'S DEAR JOHN LETTER!
My daughter in almost nine. She asked for a cell phone and I told her no. Recently she spent the weekend with my mother-in-law and came home with a cell phone. Her grandma said she would pay for the phone, but that's not the point. I said she's not ready for a phone, but my mother-in-law decided on her own to get my daughter a phone anyway. What is the right thing to do? I was venting to my own mother about it and she said it was kind of a nice thing for her to do it, but she also agreed that there should have been a conversation before that happened. What should I do?
Signed – PhoneProblems
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• They don’t make batteries for that toy anymore.
• The ice cream man plays music when he’s out of ice cream.
• I only have five dollars.
• You face will freeze like that…
• It’s grape juice for adults.
• You’ll understand when you’re older.
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