Her attitude annoyed me no end. I reminded her that a mobile phone for a 10-year old is not a right, and if she didn’t like what I provided, she was welcome to give it back.
I would be happy to return it to the store and get my money back, and she could wait until she had a job and could afford to buy herself a mobile phone she liked. So much for gift-giving!
Anyway, days after the incident, I realised that she actually grew to love the phone. The built-in MP3 player is her most popular feature, as it allows her to download songs she likes, and to share them with her friends via Bluetooth.
She also likes the FM radio, and many a time when she’s doing manual chores around the house, or when we’re travelling, she listens to the radio on her phone.I found it interesting that 5fm was her station of choice.
The camera is also useful in taking pictures of events in her life and sharing with friends and family. She’s also learning to use the planner, so we can coordinate her school/homework/extracurricular activities better.
She's also now trying to negotiate for a raise on her monthly allowance, so she can increase her airtime spend. Currently, she gets R100 a month to buy herself whatever items she deems necessary, with no interference from me. (except when it's sweets and snacks).
"A 10% increase would be really nice. I would have money to top up my airtime for R30, and still have R80 to buy whatever else I want," she said.
And the fact that she negotiated for a low percentage figure is also in her favour; it tells me she is aware money doesn't grow on trees.