Wednesday, May 4, 2011

31 Days Closer to Your Kids: Text

Shelly Final

"Have a great day!"

"I'm praying for you today."

"How did your test go?"

"Hey, Mom, can I borrow the car on Thursday?"

These are just a few of the texts that have passed between my kids and me in recent days. And to think, just a couple of years ago I didn't even know how to send a text!

I've come a long way, baby.

I’m kind of funny about cell phones. I’ve seen some pretty poor choices among junior high girls regarding cell phones, so we don’t let our kids have a phone until high school. (But that’s another post for another time.)

But once my girls have cell phones, I find that one of the best ways to connect with them is through texting. Just a simple text that says, “I love you” or “I’m praying for you today” really lets my kids know they're important to me. It's kind of like slipping them a little love note . . . electronically.

Texting isn’t your thing? I can promise you it’s the way your kids will be--or already are--communicating, so give it a try, figure it out (it’s not that hard), and get in touch with your kids.

Connecting with your kids through texting is great because it’s a quick hello, a reminder that you are thinking about them, and it’s meeting them where they are in a techno-savvy world.

Go ahead—send an encouraging text to your kids today!


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  1. Yes this texting mom uses it to her is the only way I can keep in touch with my adult sons...the don't talk on the phone they text. The conversations might not always fill my own need for conversations, but it reminds them I love them.
    Now what will be the method when my five year old is a teenager? I have to keep up with the learning curve.

  2. I am soooooo loving this series. Loving it! It's been so encouraging and nurturing. Thank you for your wisdom.

    Our children don't have phones yet but when they're older, this is a great way to let then know they're loved.


  3. I'd never imagined that I would want to use text messaging until my kids started doing it. It IS in fact their major method of communication--so I could convert or miss out on their lives! So I text. And you know what? I use it for myself now, too! All my friends who are moms of teenagers now text back and forth to each other. And now we understand why the kids love it so much! :)

  4. Sometimes I write on my kids' fb wall when I'm on my laptop and one of them is on his/hers - mostly when I see my 17 yr. old is posting youtube videos instead of studying!

    But I also send those sweet, you're on my mind kind of messages, too.

  5. I'm with you, Richella. It seems more and more that texting is the best way to communicate with my friends. Funny, isn't it? :)

  6. Ok. I just texted both kids who own a phone!!

  7. None of my kids have phones (yet), but my husband and I love to send little notes to each other during the day. This is a great idea, and one more way to keep your love and values with your kids all day long.

  8. Love this! I also send my kids the following text simultaneously every few months: "Don't tell the others, but you're my favorite." The first time I did it they were like "What?" Now they have snappy comebacks and it's become sort of a family joke. As moms (parents) we have to stay connected to our children and these "electronic love notes" are just the thing.

  9. I am the slowest texter in the world. My girls send me long sweet messages and I answer with one or two words :).


  10. We're still at the note in the lunchbox phase, but I love watching my friends text away with their kiddos.

  11. My daughter is such a stinker...I got her only 200 texts per month. And if I text her to say I love her or just Hi, she won't text back because she doesn't want to waste them on me.

    Ha!!! True story.

  12. oh my... I have a quiet college-age son and texting revolutionized our relationship!!!!
    He tells me all kinds of things now, but, of course, I enjoy all the "love you, Mom" texts the very best.
    Unlimited... the only way to go... worth every dollar.
    Shelly... you are so right with this post!!!!