*Laura's school assignment was to write a persuasive essay. It was sent home from school today with a grade of E+ and the teacher's note: "Very convincing!" Laura generously allowed me to post it here where generously equals responsibly, independently, and without waiting.
Mom and Dad, for many years now, I have wanted a cell phone. You have always told me I am too young for a phone, but now that I am ten I think that we can discuss it again. I have been extremely responsible at home, it would give me more independence, and you wouldn't have to wait for me after events.
First of all, I have been extremely responsible at home and at school. At home, I have taken your dishes and washed them and I have helped empty the dishwasher. At school, I have kept my desk clean and organized. Also, I have never left my iPod anywhere and I will be even more cautious with a phone. As you have seen above I am very responsible.
Secondly, it gives me more independence. At home I cannot even pack to go to Los Angeles without you standing over me. I can afford at least 1/3 of it and I won't have to interrupt calls on the home or cell phones to call my friends. Also, I can call you when I get lost. I know you like to monitor my belongings, but I am ten now and I need to have personal belongings. As you can see I really need more independence.
Last, you don't have to wait for me after events, I can just call. During Karate, Art, Knitting, and play dates you always have to wait for me outside, instead you could be getting a massage, having coffee with friends, or having a romantic dinner with each other. After I am done I can call you to pick me up. You can do many things when I have a phone.
As you can see, my responsibility level is high, I need more independence, and you won't have to wait for me after events. I've been waiting several years for a phone and I think now would be the perfect time to get one.