Presents start flowing to my eldest son 10 days before Christmas, as he was born on December 15. He informed a few days before his big event that this, his 10th birthday, was special as it represented his graduation from kid to tween status.
By the way they were smirking and chortling, I had an inkling that I was going to receive payback from my sister and brother-in-law for giving my nephew a drum set sometime during the 1990s. The package they gave my son for his birthday was too small to be a loud musical instrument, however. I was stumped.
Then he ripped open the package revealing a pre-paid cell phone; the drum set of this millennium. Cell phones, portable game players and MP3 players are the types of devices I have been keeping away from my kids. My fear is that these devices, while connecting him to his friends and the outside world, will hasten his disconnection with his immediate family.
Still, I realize the world my son grows up in is going to be a different one than when I was a kid and that, someday, he will probably need a broadband connected, electronic reader to get the news of the day, while he eats his morning cereal.