Debate between me and mil... Opinions on who's right??
Ds 10th bday is this month. He's been asking for a cell phone for about a year (all his friends in school have one) but I don't see any reason for a 10 yr old to need a cell phone. Unless he is at school, or a church activity, or some other function with several adults (with cells) that I personally know he is with me. Really the only thing he wants one for is to play games and listen to music. SOOO... I'm considering buying him a refurbished iPod touch. The one I'm looking at is a 3rd generation for $60. Mil asked what he wants for his bday so I tell her what I'm buying and mention perhaps she could do an iTunes gift card so he can buy music. She flips her shit. "That's what wrong with kids these days...they have everything handed to them...they're spoiled! He's too young to be responsible for something so expensive ...They don't know what it's like to play outside". WELL, mil... Ya see, If u were actually ever around and involved in their lives you would realize my kids spend about 2 hrs a day outside mon-fri and at least 4 hrs a day on the weekends... Unless its summer, then they practically live out there. They both have bikes, scooters, skateboards, rollerblades, etc that are worn out from using the crap outta them.
As for them being spoiled...perhaps. But in all fairness they get straight A's and I never have behavior problems from them (aside from a little sibling rivalry here and there). Also, they've had DS's since they were about 3 and have always taken care of them. They really are good, responsible kids. As for the expense...really? That's CHEAP compared to most other things they have and cheap compared to what the typical price of those things is.
Nonetheless, my question is... Is 10 years old too young for this type of gift? In your opinion, of course.