Alice Coyle: Connecting with your children

Alice Coyle

It’s a different world our kids are growing up in, and it all seems to fit in a portable hand-held electronic device that comes with a rechargeable battery.

My eight-year-old son informed me before Christmas this year that he “needed” a cell phone. He said with great conviction that “everyone he knows has one” and it would be “good in case of an emergency or “if I want to play music and stuff.”

After all a cell phone you’d use to simply call someone is outdated these days. You need a camera phone with the Bluetooth bundle for hands-free talking, unlimited text messaging, along with Internet access and the ability to download and play at least 1,000 songs – even though you have an iPod for that very purpose already.