My oldest son turns 12 soon. It's hard to believe.
We reached a major parent/kid milestone recently. My oldest son received his first cell phone.
It's just a basic phone with minutes on it. It doesn't have a camera or texting capabilities. It is to be used when his schedule changes at school, like when he plans to stay after school to do some music practice and then the teacher can't be there. He can call me and I will pick him up rather than him waiting for 45 minutes or so.
He has been very responsible so far. It's handy to ask him when we leave or he leaves, "do you have your cell phone?"
Still, it was strange to buy and hand over a cell phone to one of my children. It's a modern day milestone.