Of Teens, Tests And Texts: Mom And Modern CommunicationRene Syler
<——- That is a real message from my real son who was real mad that I didn’t answer him real quick. In my defense, the plane I and about 150 other people were on, had just touched down at John F. Kennedy International Airport; needless to say, after flying since 6:40 that morning from San Diego, it was not quite the greeting I was hoping for from my offspring.
“When are you coming home?” he asked, slightly irritated, as was evidenced by the caps, emoticons and multiple exclamation points. His question was on point; I’ve been on the road a lot lately, taping my new show, Sweet Retreats for Disney-owned Live Well Network.
But even if I weren’t on the road roughly half the month, one fact remains; texting is the preferred form of communication for my teens and they are not alone. According to reports, texting is what teens do, a LOT; they average 60 texts a day, up from 50 just a couple of years ago.
When I saw my own kids getting callouses on their thumbs and becoming one with their smart phones, I did what most of us parents do; I got an unlimited texting plan for the family and enabled the emoticons.
So check out the real life moments of modern-day communication with the kids I am proud to call my own. My responses are all on the right. Enjoy!
What are some of the crazy texts you’ve gotten from your kids? More importantly, do you know how to make a heart?
Happy New Year! 1 of 13
I miss you too, son 2 of 13
And THIS is why the timing was bad 3 of 13Cole explained to me that his manhood was at stake. photo credit: Rene Syler
Same text, different child, different response 4 of 13When I sent the same message to my daughter, this was the response I got back. (Most) Anytime is the right time for "I love you's".photo credit: Rene Syler
Well…. ? 5 of 13I sent my son a message the next day to find out the final outcome of the game. Seriously, I didn't know.. photo credit: Rene Syler
How do I make a heart? 6 of 13Sometimes I have to ask the most basic things. photo credit: Rene Syler
Refereeing from the road 7 of 13
Texting encouragement 8 of 13Casey was struggling with math and, even after much preparation, she still had some trouble with the test. From 1500 miles away, I promised her I'd reach out to the tutor and that we were in this together. photo credit: Rene Syler
If by Turs….. 9 of 13Daughter points out how hard it is to read my texts, due to fat thumbs and auto-correct.photo credit: Rene Syler
Pet Peeve 10 of 13I cannot stand when my kids address me as they do their peers, something we have talked about in real life.photo credit: Rene Syler
Breaking up another argument 11 of 13One day, my son texted me, furious that his father would not let him eat a waffle like a sandwich. I was trying to teach him the finer points of making a rational argument. photo credit: Rene Syler
When are you coming home? 12 of 13He wouldn't admit it, but I think Cole missed me. photo credit: Rene Syler
Answer Meh! 13 of 13My son uses "selective perception"; he hears what he wants and responds accordingly. Of course, that's a one-way street; he expects everyone to get back to him ASAP. photo credit: Rene Syler
Yo! Nice to meet you! You can find out more about me on my blog, Good Enough Mother.
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