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$4,800 Cell phone bill for teen texting


http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/tec...text.bill.KUSA

All I can say is w.o.w..... My son racks up 10,000 messages a month. Glad I have him on an unlimited texting plan..

While on the subject.... I found out a new way to discipline my kids. I found out from Sprint that they will totally or in part disable/enable my sons phone upon request whenever I need, and for free. It's been done twice now. Generally it for attitude I get from him when he starts in on guitar hero right after dinner instead of cleaning kitchen (his chore) and I turn the xbox off and tell him to get to work.

But it's funny how attitude changes once his phone is off..lol. All he's interested in is Xbox and phone texting. The other day he came home to find broken dishes, food, and spaghetti sauce all over his living room. That morning I woke up, once again found his chores not done (sink was full, stove was a mess, and clean dishes still in dishwasher). So his living room got trashed with what shouldnt have been in my kitchen anymore.

He promised he would never leave it again since it was a pain for him to get his living room clean and get the sauce off all his consoles and controllers/guitars. I really shouldnt say HIS. It's my house, and I bought all the stuff. He needs to do his chores if he doesnt want me messing up MY stuff that I let him use



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u r a pretty strict dad... wonder how my 2 yr old gonna fare when he's at your son's age..and i wonder how i will discipline him..

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Kudos to you. Too many parents are far to easy on their children. Glad to know there are still good ones out there that can & will be strict when called for.

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http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/tec...text.bill.KUSA

All I can say is w.o.w..... My son racks up 10,000 messages a month. Glad I have him on an unlimited texting plan..

While on the subject.... I found out a new way to discipline my kids. I found out from Sprint that they will totally or in part disable/enable my sons phone upon request whenever I need, and for free. It's been done twice now. Generally it for attitude I get from him when he starts in on guitar hero right after dinner instead of cleaning kitchen (his chore) and I turn the xbox off and tell him to get to work.

But it's funny how attitude changes once his phone is off..lol. All he's interested in is Xbox and phone texting. The other day he came home to find broken dishes, food, and spaghetti sauce all over his living room. That morning I woke up, once again found his chores not done (sink was full, stove was a mess, and clean dishes still in dishwasher). So his living room got trashed with what shouldnt have been in my kitchen anymore.

He promised he would never leave it again since it was a pain for him to get his living room clean and get the sauce off all his consoles and controllers/guitars. I really shouldnt say HIS. It's my house, and I bought all the stuff. He needs to do his chores if he doesnt want me messing up MY stuff that I let him use

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Most providers offer an unlimited texting package. It's the parent's fault for not having one...

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Most providers offer an unlimited texting package. It's the parent's fault for not having one...
Wouldn't it be the child's fault for texting without having one?

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Wow, that's amazing...I use my BlackBerry every minute but even I don't rack up that kind of bill..

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Wouldn't it be the child's fault for texting without having one?
But the parent is legally responsible for the service, right?

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But the parent is legally responsible for the service, right?

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Yes they legally are. Well who ever signed up with the contract of the phone is responsible for the usage of the phone's.

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http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/tec...text.bill.KUSA

All I can say is w.o.w..... My son racks up 10,000 messages a month. Glad I have him on an unlimited texting plan..

While on the subject.... I found out a new way to discipline my kids. I found out from Sprint that they will totally or in part disable/enable my sons phone upon request whenever I need, and for free. It's been done twice now. Generally it for attitude I get from him when he starts in on guitar hero right after dinner instead of cleaning kitchen (his chore) and I turn the xbox off and tell him to get to work.

But it's funny how attitude changes once his phone is off..lol. All he's interested in is Xbox and phone texting. The other day he came home to find broken dishes, food, and spaghetti sauce all over his living room. That morning I woke up, once again found his chores not done (sink was full, stove was a mess, and clean dishes still in dishwasher). So his living room got trashed with what shouldnt have been in my kitchen anymore.

He promised he would never leave it again since it was a pain for him to get his living room clean and get the sauce off all his consoles and controllers/guitars. I really shouldnt say HIS. It's my house, and I bought all the stuff. He needs to do his chores if he doesnt want me messing up MY stuff that I let him use
Wow interesting on how much the one kid spending over $4,000 wow.

P.s about your son, it is good to teach your son some discipline
and im sure he never lets the dishes build up after that. But i dont think i would of thrown dishes with any type of sauce over my house or son's controllers because its bound to get on something else lol. May i ask how old is your son?

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P.s about your son, it is good to teach your son some discipline
and im sure he never lets the dishes build up after that. But i dont think i would of thrown dishes with any type of sauce over my house or son's controllers because its bound to get on something else lol. May i ask how old is your son?
He's 14, stocky, and 6'2.
I'm 38, stocky, and 5'8.

On the otherhand, when rough housing he can never take me down or even hurt me. So he's resigned to accepting discipline without arguement. He's a teen, and a lot better behaved and more respectable teen than I ever was. I get a lot of compliments from other parents who he spends nights with their kids. Some parents dont give their kids a lot of toys (Xbox, big screen tv, etc). By default I give everything, as I know it's more to take away

I used to spank them with a paddle, but in the teen years they are a little old for that. About 4 months ago I threatened to pull out the paddle again, he said he's too big.... I said "you wanna take bets on it?" He was like "ummmm.... no". Anyway, he generally does chores as soon as he's told, but thats the problem, I have to tell him. Typical teenage boy. My job is to mold him into someone that will make a good man in any situation once out on his own. Being a slob and not cleaning up after himself can likely result in him having a very unhappy wife because he doesnt clean up after himself..lol

Its funny... he asked me a while back "So who's going to clean up once I am on out my own?" to which I replied "Who's going to be making messes once you are out on your own?"

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Verizon and I currently have a difference of opinion on a similar issue.

They believe I owe them about $500

I believe they can go ahead and try to take away my birthday, because I am not paying them.

I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree.


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I'm a teenager, and I am happy to see that some parents are still like mine and discipline their kids. Luckily I don't ever get anything "taken away" since I pay my own phone bills and internet bills blah blah, and keep good grades.

Oh what I love dishwashers for

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dudes... 4800 is nothing, a customer of mine racked up 15k.... YES 15k on an unlimited plan because tmobile stops counting after 99,999.. Granted its an unlimited plan they credited 14000

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I'm a teenager, and I am happy to see that some parents are still like mine and discipline their kids.
You know, it's interesting you say that. My kids say similar. I never did. I was rotten, but not spoiled, and any kind of discipline toward me made me worse. I attribute this to them being afraid to spank me as a child, and tried to "talk" to me instead. Thank god all those brain drugs didnt exist by then, I'd be a veggie now.

I attribute my terrible teens days to them not taking the proper actions when I was much younger. Everyone could swear I was headed for prison. I was lucky in that one day, I decided to change. I didnt want what was at the end of the road I was on. At that point, I looked back and started learning. I figured out what my parents and others right/wrong, what worked and what didnt. So far as a parent, with fingers crossed, it has resulted in some great kids for the most part.

But you know, I realize some things are inherited. These arent my kids by blood. When I came into their lives, the youngest was 3 weeks old and the older on was 3 years old. Thier real father was a mjor slob. No matter how much I try and drill it into them to be clean, they are always slobs. The oldest, until he finally got a girlfriend, couldnt get it thru his head that people could smell his BO a mile away. Finally we are passed that, and has a lot better hygiene now.... but his living room and bedroom remain messy. Oh well, if thats all I have to complain about, I'm pretty lucky.

It's also really nice when teens understand that discipline (not punishment or abuse) is only for their own betterment. To be clear, I have always had an "easy" way out.... their grandmother (mother in law) has always wanted them to come live with her.... and they do for about a month every summer, and they get away with anything they want. But I set my goal that I would do a better job than my parents did, and they readily admit that I have succeeded in doing so.

I'm strict, but also very giving. Now I am at the point of understanding how other parents worry about their kids going out on their own. You spent a huge amount of time and effort raising kids the best you can and they turn out good, then it all goes to waste if they get killed by a drunk driver, while kids that grow up to be criminals/losers live on. Funny how all their lives I have told them I cant wait till their 18 so they get out of my house, but as that date comes nearer, you become less sure of your willingness for that to actually happen.

Oh hell, I'm getting soft I think...lol

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dudes... 4800 is nothing, a customer of mine racked up 15k.... YES 15k on an unlimited plan because tmobile stops counting after 99,999.. Granted its an unlimited plan they credited 14000
Was it a teen where the "parents" had to pay the bill because it was in their name?

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He's 14, stocky, and 6'2.
I'm 38, stocky, and 5'8.

On the otherhand, when rough housing he can never take me down or even hurt me. So he's resigned to accepting discipline without arguement. He's a teen, and a lot better behaved and more respectable teen than I ever was. I get a lot of compliments from other parents who he spends nights with their kids. Some parents dont give their kids a lot of toys (Xbox, big screen tv, etc). By default I give everything, as I know it's more to take away

I used to spank them with a paddle, but in the teen years they are a little old for that. About 4 months ago I threatened to pull out the paddle again, he said he's too big.... I said "you wanna take bets on it?" He was like "ummmm.... no". Anyway, he generally does chores as soon as he's told, but thats the problem, I have to tell him. Typical teenage boy. My job is to mold him into someone that will make a good man in any situation once out on his own. Being a slob and not cleaning up after himself can likely result in him having a very unhappy wife because he doesnt clean up after himself..lol

Its funny... he asked me a while back "So who's going to clean up once I am on out my own?" to which I replied "Who's going to be making messes once you are out on your own?"
Oh interesting good age to teach them and i really didnt want that much info sorry if you thought i ment it like that. Just basically wanted his age as you mentioned the amount of text messages hes sending so i can get ready to expect the same hahaha. Anyhow im a firm believer just like you.


P.s Its funny... he asked me a while back "So who's going to clean up once I am on out my own?" to which I replied "Who's going to be making messes once you are out on your own?
Very Very true brought a smile to my face.

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