I have two children, a son who will turn 9 and a daughter who is 6. They have both already asked for phones because their friends have them. I refuse but I know eventually I will have to give in. I'm actually going to have my son read this article. I bought him a Nintendo Switch last year and had the same struggles. We now limit the time on the switch but have allowed him to play with kids in the neighborhood, despite COVID, because of children's need of socialization. It's a tough time and I understand how you feel. I also understand the guilt. Thank you for sharing.