Should the part-time parent buy 13 year old a phone?
So this in an on-going battle between bio-dad (who gets son every other weekend) and bio-mom. He wants son to have a phone. Son totally wants a phone for Christmas. (of course!) Mom waivers between yes and no. Dad bought the phone for Christmas.
Back story: this is not the first phone. One the child lost and didn't get a new one for six months (both parents agree) but previously he had another phone on our family plan. Mom would take the phone for punishment. Makes sense right? But what ended up happening is she starting using the phone on our plan. This went on for months. He would call and she would answer. She said she needed it, her phone was broken. Eventually Dad gets frustrated and threatens to take the phone. The kids in tears "mom needed it. we share it"
So now, here we are again. Dad is buying the phone for him. I feel that this is going to be drama. But Dad feels strongly that he earned it.
I guess I better put my seatbelt on for this bumpy ride. But I am staying out of this one. Thoughts?