We finally broke down and bought my daughter a cell phone on her last birthday. After years of hearing “But all my friends have one,” she finally reached the stage where she’s away from home enough that we thought it would be useful for us if she had a phone. (Yes, the only real consideration in buying your child a cell phone should be whether it makes your life easier.)
Now that she has a phone, though, I wanted to be intentional about using this new technology as an opportunity to help her develop a more Christ-like character. In particular, I’ve discovered that text-messaging is a great way to help your children develop the virtues of patience and forbearance. Granted, you have to be careful that you don’t push it so far that you violate the command not to “exasperate your children” (Eph. 6:4). But with a little practice, I find that you can draw that critical line between exasperation and productive annoyance.
Here’s my most recent attempt.
The exceptional patience she demonstrates throughout this exchange proves that my technique is working. I should do this more often.