Text Messaging with your Teens

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I was recently interviewed for an article in the New York Daily News on communicating with your teens and I was so excited when I saw it online today. This very well written article by Lauren Johnston is titled “Your mama’s so tech-savvy, she loves to text message…with her mom“. It really applies to communicating with your kids from tweens through their twenties.

One of the most important things that I say in the article is “They’re not going to switch to things for their parents, but if we switch to the things that they use, they’re very happy to accept us,”. So if we prefer to talk on the phone and our teens prefer to text, we will have much more communication with them if we text, rather than expecting our teens to talk. Many other savvy moms were also interviewed for this article on texting with your kids. I recommend giving it a read.

Do you text with your Teens?

See also:
Teens and Cell Phone Usage: Infographic 
ABC News Video on Teens and Texting with JuJu Chang
Skype Mobile – Talk Free with Skype On the Go

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  1. Absolutely I text! Congrats on your interview!

    I did a post recently about my daughter’s spring break trip on a cruise in the Caribbean

    Spring Break Dispatches from the Texting Tropical Little Mermaid

  2. Conversing with teens is already very difficult. Most of the time, I have no clue what they are talking about. With text messaging, how am I going to understand all the abbreviations they use?

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  4. Yes, even though some “conversations” drive me crazy. I will not write long sentences and will pick up the phone if it starts going in that direction. I love the way texting keeps us in touch with the kids.

  5. “They’re not going to switch to things for their parents, but if we switch to the things that they use, they’re very happy to accept us.”
    That is so wise. You want to communicate with someone? Start by listening. And that may include learning the language they’re speaking… and kids are definitely talking in text.

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