Broken Cellphone and Therapy-Averse Dad for 02/10/2018
Dear Family Coach
Dear Family Coach: I know my son broke his cellphone on purpose so he could get a newer one. He denies it, but I have proof. He needs a phone. But I’m hesitant to get this for him, since it feels like I would be rewarding dishonesty. What should I do? —Mad
Dear Mad: You say he needs a phone. Well, maybe he doesn’t. Generations of children survived quite well without a phone in their back pocket. It would be even easier to be in touch nowadays, as nearly every other man, woman and child over the age of 12 has a phone he could borrow.
Updated: Sat Feb 10, 2018