What’s the right age for cell phones, social media, discussions of the facts of life? Send us your stories!

Girl on long road; RGB mjQpqcSThe March issue of At Home with Our Faith (being put together before Christmas, believe it or not!) will explore “The Right Age For….” by treating a variety of topics.

We’d love to hear your experience as parents in navigating these questions with your kids. Please comment below, and please identify yourself by first name and tell us how many children you have.

If your answer is used in At Home with Our Faith, you’ll be identified only by first name and number of children. Thanks for sharing what has worked for you in passing on the faith!

1. Do you have a situation to share about a child who made either a very good or very poor choice with social media or a cell phone? Please note the child’s age.

 2. Share a story about your child’s age(s) when you have talked about sexuality with him or her. What did you discuss?

 3. At what age should children/teens start volunteering in the community? Share your experience.

Many thanks! We look forward to hearing from you! –the editors of At Home with Our Faith



2 Responses

  1. 1. We have 7 children varying from 31 to 17 years of age. Our first 4 definitely did not have the media challenges that the younger 3 had/have. None were given a cell phone before the age of 16, even when some of their friends had one at middle school ages. Yet even then, we needed to monitor and remove them occasionally when misused. Computer privileges are still monitored by any children who live at home (currently only the 17 year old) since there is simply too much junk out there. We put time limits and curfews on the computer so that the temptation to stay up late with the lap top is limited and some web sites are blocked as well.
    2. Having 7 children made talking about babies and how they got here a part of our life:). Astute younger children asked really good questions that led to age appropriate responses. We never gave out more information than the child could handle (or that we wanted them to deal with too early). It was very important that the children understood their bodies as gifts from God and respected the dignity of their own body as well as others. We always talked about the sacredness of the marriage bed and the responsibility of it. We tried to bring in the conversation throughout their lives, not just once. At youth group, the younger 3 children were able to study JPII’s Theology of the Body and this was very good as well.
    3. Since my husband was a youth ministry director at our parish for many years, all the children were involved from very young ages in community outreach. Our youngest two were even scraping houses to prepare for painting them at the tender ages of 5 and 7! But since we did these things as a family, they loved the time spent and never complained. Rather, they felt honored to be a part of something important. Children are never too young to help out, or be a part of volunteering, even if it is only accompanying parents as they drop off food at church. The truly important thing is to do it together and see their parent’s faith in action.

  2. I had each of my children, now ages 13 and 12, start doing community service at age 3 1/2. We found a nearby food pantry that would allow small children with parents to sort and bag food. My kids loved counting the cans that would go into the food bags. Because we started doing community service with them at such a young age, they view service as a part of life; it’s just who we are and what we do.

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