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Yeah I've been arguing about the device, but regardless of the device it would not go to school.
Or you can check out a reseller site for used apple products. Check this one out. It's updated regularly so keep an eye out for what is available.
Thanks for the advice really do appreciate some of the input here.
Yes, we could afford to buy it but the point was really about the idea of spending that much on a single gift for a 12-year-old. I wanted to get a feel for whether or not I was just being old fashioned. :)
The guitar suggestion was great, thanks Thrillo, she's already a fairly accomplished viola player so that might be a really nice surprise. Unfortunately, we already have one of everything as far as musical instruments.
She's a great kid, does great in school, works really hard and probably deserves to be spoiled a little. Just curious on everyone's opinion.
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This. My wife wore me down so my kid is getting this one in white. Not a bad deal, but she's only getting a few other things from us.
Being a parent someday is really going to suck
Incorrect. Being a parent is great.
Some days, however, are better than others.
I actually like kids and I think having a kid will be fun, but once they start growing up is where I see the problem. They're going to expect you to buy all this crap. Some 8 year olds have nicer things than me. I can't imagine how it's going to be 10 years from now.
I wonder if my Nintendo I got for Christmas in 4th grade felt like as expensive as a buy? I had to buy my Super Nintendo off paper route money later.
To the original point, maybe a better question is, spend a lot of money on a few gifts, or spread the same amount among many? I like a lot of stuff under the tree. Kind of sucks being done with Christmas after a few gifts.
I agree - at age 12, she'll probably outgrow the iPod touch soon.
Most of my kids classmates have already had the iPod touch for a few years now. My kids are in 3rd and 4th grade. (My in-laws gave my kids their iPod touches for Christmas when they were in 1st grade or so.)
I'm not even sure my 11 & 12 year old nieces use their iPod touches that much anymore.
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This has always been true though...it's just that increasingly parents feel as though they have to give in. There is always going to be someone with more/newer/cooler stuff, but that's life. I am going to do my best to avoid a sense of entitlement and/or need for the newest technology among my child.
I don't think that "because all the other kids have one" is a good argument for getting any gift.
However, I will say that your daughter may not be exaggerating at her age. Every single kid in my daughter's 4th grade classroom has one.
Again, I'm not saying that you should cave and get her one. Just saying that she might not be exaggerating as much as you think.
(All of my kids' electronic gifts tend to come from grandma and grandpa. I don't mind that they have what they have, but it's not something I would have rushed out to buy them myself.)
Just as a point of comparison, my 7th grader attends a public middle school. Almost 100% of the kids in his classes have a "smart" device of some sort (iPhone, iPad, other smart phones, etc.)
And here's the interesting part: The school system ENCOURAGES kids to bring these devices to school! They've integrated these things as educational tools for the students. All students are required to use the school's wifi. Inappropriate websites are blocked, and teachers actually show kids how to get on certain educational websites where they do assignments in class.
I asked my son what happens if a kid doesn't have or can't afford a smart phone. He says "I don't know. Everyone just has one."
one step at a time. first you should find out what having a girlfriend is like.
I used to think buying a 12 year old something like this was insane, but it's become the norm. In fact, I would guess most iPod Touch purchases are for school aged kids. I'm not really sure who else would buy one.
Agree with the other poster who said getting an iPhone probably makes more sense for a 12 year old though. It's not really going to cost you much more, and you can use it to keep tabs on your kid better. You can get an iPhone 4 for free, or 4S for $99, and I'm sure they'd be just as excited about that as they would be a $300 iPod Touch.
I don't see the downside to buying a 12 year old a phone, other than having an argument about them wanting to bring it to school... which they're going to start doing in a year or two anyway.
After thinking about it, I think it's much smarter to buy him a tablet. The reality is he's going to want a phone in the next year or two. If you buy him a tablet, he can still use it when he gets a phone. If you buy him an iPod, you will end up being on the hook for an iPod this year, iPhone soon after that, and eventually a tablet. Forward thinking FTW.
Our 15 yo son gets straight A's and plays three sports. We've never paid him for grades or an allowance. He keeps his room neat, puts his laundry away, takes the trash out, and feeds the dogs. We just got him a pair of Beats wireless headphones for Xmas. $280. He's earned them.
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$199 at target and they give you a 20$ gift card. 16gb 4th gen. Black or white.
One gift-$300? equals poor?
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