It just makes sense.
While the secret stash of chocolate in the cupboard is mine and mine alone, as a mum I’ve learnt that sharing is one of the joys of being part of a family.
It doesn’t have to be just another “life lesson” you teach your kids; sharing can be convenient, fun and save you a bit of coin.
The kids might not be getting their hands on my chocolate, but these are the six other things in life that I am very happy to share with them.
Just as an FYI, you should know that this is an advertorial for Vodafone.
You know what year the best songs of all time were released? The year you were 13. It would be a crime if your children weren’t aware of that great musical legacy, so make sure you introduce them to the tunes of your teens as early (and as loudly) as possible.
In my case we’re talking INXS, young Madonna and maybe a bit of Wham!. There’s nothing quite like the thrill of hearing your child singing, “Wake me up before you go-go…” to themselves without even realising they’re doing it.
Gone are the days when there was only one screen in the house and everyone had to watch whatever TV shows Dad liked (for me, growing up, that meant the news and anything with Ronnie Barker). Now households have multiple screens and everyone can do their own thing.
But don’t underestimate the pleasure you can get from sitting on the couch together as a family, yelling at the same show. Family members of all ages can get into something like The Block, Survivor or MasterChef and there’s nothing like dissecting the show’s characters and events with other people. The only drawback is you may find your seven-year-old criticising the way you plate up their Vegemite sandwiches.
3. Phone plans.
When your children reach the age where they want their own phones (because everyone in the class has them), it’s easy to get freaked out. How much is it going to cost and just how much data, talk and TXT do kids need? Thankfully for us parents, Vodafone has come up with Shared plans1, where you can share your plan inclusions with your favourite people and devices in Australia.
So if you’re not using all your data and your kids want more data, it works out very nicely. You can keep costs down with infinite standard national talk and TXT for everyone. You can also keep on top of your children’s usage with the MyVodafone app2. The best part? You get more value from a Shared plan than you would with a regular plan. Smart.