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Personally, I think a cell phone is MUCH more convenient than a car phone for emergencies. My boys are 10 and 8 now. Both my husband and I carry cell phones for emergencies and have found that they are great for coordinating the schedule.

I tried a car phone but found it a pain to have to be in the car. I wanted to let people reach ME anytime/anywhere and did not want to have to sit in the car waiting for a call. The cell phone has been wonderful in this regard. Recently, I have started leaving one child home at a time for short trips to the food/drug store. Both cell phone numbers are posted on the frig if there is ANY PROBLEM while I am away. Knowing they can reach me in the car, in the store, etc is a secure feeling.

This school year, we have a new situation where both boys and my husband have an activity on the same day of the week. I have been dropping off one child and being with the other (usually younger) for his activity. Currently, I have been debating about getting a 3rd cell phone to leave with the child I drop off so that they can call when the activity is over or if there is a problem with the carpool I had arranged or whatever. Of course, the boys heard me mention this thought to my husband (the jury is still out) and suggested that we just go to 4 cell phones now....because we will need them soon anyway. Any advice out there? What age does a cell phone for a child make sense?
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