Hubby tells me I hover over the kids too much, I worry too much, that I'm one of those Moms, but I beg to differ. Just because I like to know where they are and if they are safe, I don't think that's being unreasonable.
It's not like I call and/or text them numerous times a day just to check on them, but if I did, it's cool, we have unlimited talk, text & web from Walmart #FamilyMobile, so if I did text them oh, say, eight thousand seven hundred times a day, it wouldn't cost any more than if I only text or call once.
My kids are 19, 16 and (almost) 4 and I am as "emotionally invested" as a parent can be, without actually being one of those crazy "helicopter parents". Call it what you want, but I am pretty sure I am not the only Mom who thinks her kids are gonna get tragically killed and/or maimed every time they step foot out of the house without her.
Case in point... Last weekend, my oldest son, Steven, called to tell me he and a friend, from work, were gonna walk across the street and catch the new Spiderman movie, when they got off.
"No biggie", I thought. He'll be with a friend, he'll have a great time, he'll call me when it's over and I'll go get him. It'll be "all good", as the kids say... well, that was all fine and good, until I thought of the huge intersection he would have to cross and the traffic and the way the people drive in that area and then I lost it. My calm demeanor was no more.
I waited until the exact minute I thought he should be getting to the theater and I casually text him to ask if he's arrived yet.
He doesn't respond.
I wait about ten minutes (it was exactly ten, I timed it) and I text him again. . . . "Hey, Kiddo, You cool?". . . Still no response. By this time I was in full blown freak out mode. I was sure he was laying in a pool of blood, on the side of the road, dead!
What I think happens when my kid tries to cross the street without me...
What actually happens. . .
After a few very tense minutes, I get this text...
"Yes, Mom, I'm fine." (without the commas, of course).
I could almost hear him sighing audibly & rolling his eyes, through the screen. My heart instantly went back to its correct spot, in my chest, not my throat and all was right with my world again... until the next time he wants to cross the street without me.
With the awesome cheap wireless plan from Walmart Family Mobile, I'm also able to stalk... er, I mean, keep up with my daughter as well. She's a typical 16 year old, she likes boys, she loves to sing and she's perpetually sidetracked. Lucky for her (and me), she's very proficient at texting. There's been more than once, a quick text to Dad saved her from being stranded at, of all places, SCHOOL! Oh the humanity.
Having a phone without limits can also be good when you just want to talk to someone. Having kids and a full time blog from home job makes it kind of hard to get out as often as I'd like, but I can pick up my phone any time and reach out and touch someone. It usually ends up being my Mom, because she's the only person I know, who knows more than me. When I need advice, to vent about my kids, or just to borrow an egg or two, my Mom is the one I call.
In this digital age, it's nice to be able to shoot a text to your husband, reminding him to grab some milk on his way home or email your business associates, accepting a job offer, but it's also nice to slow down for a second.
Take time out of your day, check on someone you know who has been having a hard time. Call your Grandmother, if you're lucky enough to still have one, tell her you love her and you were thinking of her.
It's only 5 minutes out of your day, but it might make a world of difference to the person on the other end of the line and with your choice of cheap wireless plans from Walmart Family Mobile you can do a whole lot of good for not a whole lot of cash... or you can just play Angry Birds, either way, it's nice to be able to stay connected. Thanks #CollectiveBias for introducing me to #FamilyMobile!
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