An iPhone Contract for your Teenager

There’s a story I caught on Good Morning America that I love to share with my readers. I’m sure that lots of teenagers could relate with this- begging their parents for iphone because their friends got iphones or he’s the only one in the classroom that was left behind on this technology trend. This is one smart mom. Check out the contract that she wrote up when she bought a phone for her 13 year old son. My son will definitely be getting a copy of this when time comes for him to own an expensive gadget. I love it! BRILLIANT!

To My 13-Year-Old, An iPhone Contract From Your Mom, With Love

Dear Gregory,

Merry Christmas! You are now the proud owner of an iPhone. Hot Damn! You are a good and responsible 13-year-old boy and you deserve this gift. But with the acceptance of this present comes rules and regulations. Please read through the following contract. I hope that you understand it is my job to raise you into a well rounded, healthy young man that can function in the world and coexist with technology, not be ruled by it. Failure to comply with the following list will result in termination of your iPhone ownership.

I love you madly and look forward to sharing several million text messages with you in the days to come.

1. It is my phone. I bought it. I pay for it. I am loaning it to you. Aren’t I the greatest?

2. I will always know the password.

3. If it rings, answer it. It is a phone. Say hello, use your manners. Do not ever ignore a phone call if the screen reads “Mom” or “Dad.” Not ever.

4. Hand the phone to one of your parents promptly at 7:30 p.m. every school night and every weekend night at 9:00 p.m. It will be shut off for the night and turned on again at 7:30 a.m. If you would not make a call to someone’s land line, wherein their parents may answer first, then do not call or text. Listen to those instincts and respect other families like we would like to be respected.

5. It does not go to school with you. Have a conversation with the people you text in person. It’s a life skill. *Half days, field trips and after school activities will require special consideration.

6. If it falls into the toilet, smashes on the ground, or vanishes into thin air, you are responsible for the replacement costs or repairs. Mow a lawn, babysit, stash some birthday money. It will happen, you should be prepared.

7. Do not use this technology to lie, fool, or deceive another human being. Do not involve yourself in conversations that are hurtful to others. Be a good friend first or stay the hell out of the crossfire.

8. Do not text, email, or say anything through this device you would not say in person.

9. Do not text, email, or say anything to someone that you would not say out loud with their parents in the room. Censor yourself.

10. No porn. Search the web for information you would openly share with me. If you have a question about anything, ask a person — preferably me or your father.

11. Turn it off, silence it, put it away in public. Especially in a restaurant, at the movies, or while speaking with another human being. You are not a rude person; do not allow the iPhone to change that.

12. Do not send or receive pictures of your private parts or anyone else’s private parts. Don’t laugh. Someday you will be tempted to do this despite your high intelligence. It is risky and could ruin your teenage/college/adult life. It is always a bad idea. Cyberspace is vast and more powerful than you. And it is hard to make anything of this magnitude disappear — including a bad reputation.

13. Don’t take a zillion pictures and videos. There is no need to document everything. Live your experiences. They will be stored in your memory for eternity.

14. Leave your phone home sometimes and feel safe and secure in that decision. It is not alive or an extension of you. Learn to live without it. Be bigger and more powerful than FOMO (fear of missing out).

15. Download music that is new or classic or different than the millions of your peers that listen to the same exact stuff. Your generation has access to music like never before in history. Take advantage of that gift. Expand your horizons.

16. Play a game with words or puzzles or brain teasers every now and then.

17. Keep your eyes up. See the world happening around you. Stare out a window. Listen to the birds. Take a walk. Talk to a stranger. Wonder without googling.

18. You will mess up. I will take away your phone. We will sit down and talk about it. We will start over again. You and I, we are always learning. I am on your team. We are in this together.

It is my hope that you can agree to these terms. Most of the lessons listed here do not just apply to the iPhone, but to life. You are growing up in a fast and ever changing world. It is exciting and enticing. Keep it simple every chance you get. Trust your powerful mind and giant heart above any machine. I love you. I hope you enjoy your awesome new iPhone.


I couldn’t agree more with the contract. This will make teenagers, my son specifically, a responsible user of technology and not to be a gadget-addict. What’s your say with the contract?

Sheds Make the Perfect Storage Solution in 2012

If you are searching for the perfect storage solution, metal sheds are available in a range of sizes and designs to meet your specific storage related needs. Whether you want to protect your gardening tools from the elements or simply wish to de-clutter your garden, a metal shed could be the answer to your problem.

Durability-Storage solutions for the garden come in many forms from wooden sheds to plastic and metal storage products. Metal sheds make popular choices for homeowners looking for a storage solution that is guaranteed to stand the test of time. Metal is a durable material and you won’t find stronger sheds made of anything else. If you want a shed that can protect your most treasured belongings from the harshest weather conditions, a steel shed can offer all of this and more.

All Year Round Protection-If you are looking for a storage solution that protects your belongings come rain or shine, metal sheds are perfect. Constructed from materials of the highest quality, you can rest assured that these sheds can withstand anything.

Affordable-Garden sheds are a popular choice for people who want garden storage that doesn’t cost the earth. Metal sheds are both practical and affordable and if you do your research, you can find a shed to suit budgets of all sizes. Whether you are looking to spend a little or a lot, it is simple to find a shed in your price range online.

If you are looking for sheds that can accommodate your specific requirements, the best place to start your search is online. Search online for high quality sheds and you can compare prices at speed.

Walton’s specializes in garden storage and stock a wide range of garden sheds, summer houses, play houses, metal sheds and more.

Moving Checklist

We’ve moved for 8 times in our 6 years stay here in Thailand. We knew how stressful it is! To minimize the stress, planning , preparation and a moving checklist is a must!

Here are simple tips what you need to do to have a smooth moving:

1. Get rid of what you don’t need.

2. Get all important papers and documents together and secure them.

Address Books, Birth Certificates, Bank Statements, Checks, Credit Cards and Statements, Home Movies, Irreplaceable Memorabilia, Insurance Policies, Marriage Records, Medical and Dental Records, Military Records, Passports, Photos and Photo Albums, Resumes, School Records, Stock Certificates, Tax Returns, Telephone Numbers, Valuables, Vehicle Documents, Wills.

3. Prepare well in advance for living at your new location.

  • Open up new bank accounts.
  • Open up a new Safe Deposit Box.
  • Contact the new area utility companies and arrange for your new services. These can include Cable TV, gas, electric, oil, telephone, water and Internet access.
  • Arrange for new medical providers. If you are moving to a new state, contact the DMV and get forms necessary to re-register your vehicles.
  • Contact your insurance companies and find out if your car insurance, homeowner’s insurance, etc. can be transferred. If not, find an Insurance Broker in your new area and discuss your needs and requirements for new policies.

4. Go to the post office and get a moving kit. Prepare change of address forms for all of your correspondents; credit card companies, other credit accounts, banks, insurance companies, current utility companies for final statements, magazines and other subscriptions, family, friends, and any other persons or businesses that you correspond with on a regular basis.

5. As the time approaches, get a nice new legal pad.

As moving day approaches and when the moving process actually begins, you don’t want to be hunting for phone numbers in wallets, purses, or address books. Have a nice new legal pad ready with all important phone numbers written clearly and legibly for both your old and new contacts: Banks, Doctors, Emergency contacts, Family members, Friends, Landlords or Real Estate Brokers, Movers, Pharmacies Schools, Storage Facilities, Utilities.

With proper planning and preparation the moving process, though never fun, can at least be sane. With proper planning and preparation the utilities at your present address can be disconnected the day after you move and the utilities at your new address can be connected the day prior to your arrival. With proper planning and preparation you will not be frantically searching for a new doctor or pharmacy, if that unfortunate need arises. With proper planning and preparation you will have all of your important documents at the tip of your fingers at all times. With proper planning and preparation your mail will start arriving the day after you move in to your new abode and your life will endure a minimum of chaos and clutter.

Good luck with your move and good luck in your new home or apartment.

Five Things to Consider When Buying Kid’s Roller Skates

If you are buying kid’s roller skates for the first time, here is a stress free guide to choosing the right pair.

The first factor to consider when shopping for roller skates is your budget. Before you begin your search for a suitable pair of roller skates, it is important to put a budget in place. Once you have an idea of the amount you wish to spend, you can eliminate all of the options that do not fit in your price range. If you are buying kid’s roller skates for the first time, remember that you will need to spend part of your budget on skating accessories such as elbow pads, kneepads and a helmet.

Another factor to consider when buying kid’s roller skates is quality. Every parent is looking for a bargain when buying roller skates for their child but opting for the cheapest pair may not be the best decision. A high quality pair of roller skates is made with materials that are tough and durable and will therefore outlast those that are made with material of a lower quality. Buying a cheap pair of skates may save you money in the long run but you may have to replace them after only a short space of time.

The best deals on roller skates can be found online but it is very important to get the right fit when purchasing skates for your children. Getting the right fit can be difficult when shopping online so it often helps if you have an idea of the styles that offer a comfortable fit before you begin your online search. Go to a few skate shops and experiment with different styles and sizes. Try different styles and different brands to see which fit your child’s feet comfortably.

Once you have considered your budget and found high quality skates that fit comfortably, one of the last things to address is style. It is essential that your skates fit well but your child will also want them to look good too. Kid’s roller skates come in various colours and designs so it is worth browsing the options online.

Once you have an idea of the type of roller skates you want to purchase, it is time to decide where to make your purchase. The best place to start your search is online. The internet can provide you with the leading skate specialists that stock trusted brands. Sizing and fit are important to consider but many online stores provide shoppers with a size guide and will often accept returns. Online stores also encourage customers to seek advice with a member of their team on their chosen product prior to purchasing.

Author:  Kickflip Boards UK specialises in kid’s roller skates, skateboards, inline skates, longboards, protective gear and accessories. The online skate specialist stocks some of the most sought after brands including Roller Derby and SFR and has kid’s roller skates to suit budgets of all sizes.  

Five Reasons to Invest in a Shed

Sheds are a practical addition to any home and can be used for a variety of purposes. Whether you want a place to relax or need a superior storage solution, there is a metal shed to meet your needs.

Here are five good reasons to invest in a garden shed.

1. Extra Storage Space-If you are in need of a little extra space, a metal shed can provide you with that extra storage space that you require. If you do not have the space in your house to store bikes, sun loungers, lawnmowers and other things of this nature but do not want to leave them lying about in the garden, a metal shed is the perfect solution. Whether you are looking for a safe and secure place to store your bikes or your gardening tools, metal sheds can protect your belongings from the elements. With a metal shed that is safe and secure you will never have to worry about your belongings being stolen.

2. Living Space-If you are looking to extend your living space, there are countless possibilities to choose from. From summerhouses to wooden sheds and home offices, you can create the perfect outdoor living space to suit your requirements. Whether you want a quiet place to relax or a functional space that allows you to work from home with ease, there is a metal shed to meet your every need.

3. Stress Free Space-By investing in a metal shed, you can avoid all of the disruption and expense that comes with extending your home. You can buy wooden sheds that are fully kitted out to meet your every need. Once you have done a bit of research and chosen a design, you can place your order over the phone and have a specialised team deliver it and install it at speed.

4. Cost Effective-A metal shed can provide you with all of the extra space that you require at a fraction of the cost. Whether you want to spend a little or a lot, there is a metal shed to suit budgets of every size. You can choose anything from a basic metal shed to a bespoke summerhouse that is fully fitted with telephone sockets and light switches.

5. Fashionable and Functional-A wooden shed is not simply a practical way of using your space but it is also visually appealing and can add a touch of class to your outdoor space. Metal and wooden sheds are available in a variety of designs to complement your garden.

Value-Investing in a garden shed has many advantages but one of these advantages is the value that is added to your home as a result of the extra living space. Whether you are planning to sell your home or not, you can make your home more valuable for when you do decide to put it on the market.

Author: Jacksons Garden Supplies specialise in high quality metal sheds, wooden sheds, summerhouses, playhouses and garages.