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The other night at the dinner table my youngest son (16) kept texting. I asked him to put away the phone as I feel that dinner time is not only a time to eat but a time to spend family time together without outside distractions. Well he did put it away, but he rolled his eyes and grumbled about it. Since many of you are younger than me what are your thoughts on the matter? Was I being overbearing or does anyone else think that it is rude to be texting at the dinner table?
It's your rules and not a hard one to follow. Teenagers are just emotional.
Yeah, it was followed by the silent treatment.
Not out of line but I would have done same thing at 16 and u would have too, at least he put it away
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I would not have done it at 16...there weren't cell phones back then.
You know what I am saying, obviously you did not even have electricity back then but if u did u would have.
Not overbearing. I get irritated when people I don't even know do it when I'm out to eat. It sure as hell wouldn't fly at my dinner table.
Listen here youngster. I used to walk 10 miles to school in 3 feet of snow in my bare feet with wind chills of -20 going uphill both ways...and I was grateful!
Not unreasonable. And unless he's paying his own phone bill, tell him you'll shut it off if he doesn't follow simple requests.
I think that's a reasonable rule. The only caveat I'd add is that it's possible he had an important text to send or read. So if it's just a quick deal, I don't think it's a big deal. But if it's constantly back and forth, I can definitely see where you're coming from.
Nope, my dad used to always tell me to put my phone away at the table, so I finally just left it in my room during dinner all the time. Not overbearing at all.
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I have no kids yet but I have chewed my nephew out for doing it,
Kids are the most wonderful gift in the world...then they become teenagers.
My family did family dinner too. No cell phones whatsoever. Good call js. He may roll his eyes now, but when he/she is older he/she will appreciate the family dinners....
was that too sappy for the OT board? (I'm new be easy on me)
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We can be sappy or happy around these parts
Sometimes we even cry together.
I know brother, that is why I built them broad, just for yours tears.
Put your dong away brad
It is never a bad thing to teach a little manners and common courtesy. I wish more parents would do it.
True story: I was in Target and there was a mother with two young boys (8-10?) in front of me. As they walked away, one of the sons was typically head stuck up his butt texting away and the other was pushing the cart. The texting one wanders in front of the cart. Now, at this point, I would tell him to put the phone down and watch where he is going, but our MOTY candidate yells at the other one not to hit his brother with the cart. Ridiculous.
Life is hard. It's really hard if you're stupid.
Well, we had a family pizza night last night. 4 teenagers and me (my boys and their g/f's). Not one cell phone was brought to the table and we actually had some pleasant conversation and a nice time.
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