Congrats goes out this father, we don’t know many parents that would go to this extreme to hold a child accountable for an excessively high cellular phone bill. The Hanover, VA dad put the plan into place immediately and he received some positive comments about his actions. What’s even better is his daughter is taking the “punishment” very seriously because she now realizes that she truly messed up and she wants to earn her father’s trust again.
Children have to have an understanding that the amenities parents provide to them like name brand clothing, allowances and cell phones to name a few are not things that are not vital to their upkeep. Parents provide more than the basics for their children for various reasons however parents also have to be real with their children and teach them the value of a dollar. This was the children have a thorough understanding that everything in this life has a cost.
Read more as reported by WAFF:
A Hanover dad decided to take unconventional action this week, after his daughter rang up a phone bill of more than $500.
The reason for the colossal charges? Too many Instagram posts, causing a deluge of data fees.
Now a 13-year-old has her haute couture on hold, after her father put a chain and padlock on her closet.
The eighth grader now has items from boots to dresses labeled with numbers on Post-It Notes – indicating the number of chores she has to complete to earn them back.
“My daughter told me the news about the bill when I was driving,” laughed Jared Cramer in an interview Friday.
“She called me and said, you owe 500 and some odd dollars.”
The bill was actually $541.36, and Cramer came up with an immediate remedy:
- Take his daughter’s phone away.
- Put all her makeup, designer clothes and fine jewelry in one closet with a lock. Do this a week before school starts.
- Label each item with a certain number of chores she will have to complete in order to get her phone back.
- Give her the basic necessities to survive, like a bar soap, deodorant and toothbrush. Also, give her three outfits from Walmart of dad’s choice.
- Put a huge lock on her closet to send the message.
“She thought after I got that bill it was going to be a slap on the wrist, don’t let it happen again situation,” Cramer said. “But I think she’s been taking it pretty well.”
In fairness to Cramer’s daughter, Julia, the data debacle seems to be a huge mistake. Julia is an honor student who works with children with special needs.
Julia is the recent recipient of the Hanover Volunteerism Award, and her work ethic is strong.
“Julia woke up at 6:30 this morning when I woke up, and she started doing chores,” Cramer said.
“She said, ‘you know what dad, I know you love me, I know I messed up, and I’m gonna work this off.'”