Parenting Help

How to Create a Phone Contract With Your Kids

Smart Phone Parenting Tips

Effective parenting today looks a lot different from when our parents had the job. And before we had kids, oh, we knew exactly how we’d do it better then they did. And then we became parents.

Okay… So you got your kid a smart phone, or he got his own phone (yippee!)… Or the grandparents did… Or worse, your ex- did. In any case, your child is now a proud owner of a smart phone, and that’s a really big deal!

Now what?

I get it. You want some parenting help with technology. Who can keep up? Well, sometimes we don’t have to. Way back in 2012, I came across a (viral) HuffPost article, where the author, Janell Burley Hofmann, shared her contract with her son regarding “his” phone. It’s fabulous. In fact, her website is fabulous. Please visit it!

I liked a lot of the content in this contract. So much so that, in fact, I created my own amended version and have been sharing it with my clients ever since!

Effective parenting includes clear communication. Ms. Burley Hofmann does that so well! Here are the top three things I like about her phone contract:

  • It’s a contract with sass – Teens will roll their eyes, which is good because that means they understand it.
  • It’s comprehensive – It covers just about everything (that I can think of, anyway).
  • It’s a conversation starter – Parents who use this should plan for an hour’s conversation (approximately) when reviewing this contract. It’ll be a perfect time to open up the lines of communication with your teen.

Want more?

I created my own fill in the blank contract, based on Janell Burley Hofmann’s verson that I would love to share with you! Simply click HERE to sign up for my occasional parenting tips and you’ll get a PDF of the device contract I use with my very own kids!