I am old school. I got my first cell phone in 2003 and have not upgraded since. Seamus -- my very bright and inquisitive one-year-old -- is already very curious about my cell phone. But for now, and for the next few years, we are saying no to all the beeping, whizzing, vibrating, touch-screen gizmos.
Self-sufficiency isn't something most kids are born with. The school year, with its rigorous after-school sports and activity schedules, doesn't offer this sort of platform for learning how to be alone, or for knowing how to create their own fun -- a skill that's not only a good thing but also essential.