When I attended Book Expo 2011 in May I saw a preview of a very humorous book coming in September, When Parents Text: So Much Said… So Little Understood. I wrote a description of it and three other fun nonfiction books for teens and parents that I found at Book Expo in 4 Non Fiction Books for Teens and Tweens.
The authors of When Parents Text, Lauren Kaelin and Sophia Fraioli, have written a wonderful guest post of advice for parents when texting their teens. Enjoy this fun and helpful list.
- Before texting a question to your son or daughter, ask yourself, “Could I Google this?”
- You don’t need to sign a text message with your name. We know it’s from you.
- Do not text your child about their lost phone. They’ve lost it and won’t receive your texts.
- If you want to recount specific details of your dreams (e.g., “We were tandem skydiving and landed on a herd of buffalos . . . “), you should purchase a dream diary.
- Avoid using a cell phone while inebriated; there’s another website for that.
- We understand that parents feel obligated to discuss the birds and bees with their children. However, sex, contraception, or promiscuity is, nine times out of ten, inappropriate over text message.
- Funeral times, unaccepted family deaths, or the location of your will should NOT be discussed via text message.
- Before inserting an emoticon into your text message, ask yourself, “Does this express an actual emotion?”
- Keep your text messages simple and light, preferably no more than a few words.
- Your kids, as much as we begrudge you, love hearing from you.
© 2011 Lauren Kaelin and Sophia Fraioli, authors of When Parents Text: So Much Said . . . So Little Understood