Posted by Walter
A ridiculous cell bill came, bumped up by the tremendous volume
of texts, mostly sent by my teenage daughter's friends to her
phone. Two choices, blow up and cut the texting cord or get an
unlimited family text plan. My first instinct was to cut the cord,
then my daughter humbly said that the text plan could be useful to
us as a family. My wife and I reconsidered and the rest is
My wife and I now text several times a day, usually once each as
a random reminder of our undying love for one another. The rest are
usually just random reminders. But something really cool
happened with our daughter. We started texting each other once
in a while. Short notes of text speak like, "luv u, gr8, c u
ltr, come pic me up..."
We found that while our daughter was away at an ice skating camp
at the University of Miami in Ohio, texting was more valuable than
gold. "How was your lesson?" Gr8, landed my double loop,
so happy. "How was dinner? OK, miss mom's cooking. "Did u slp
ok?" Ya but my leg is a little sore. Should I skate in the
expo? I don't want to disappoint u. "Honey, don't push
Once we got into it, we actually communicated more. It
seems that it is easier to read between the texted lines these
Now my 11-year-old son wants a phone. He boldly and correctly
states that his sister got her first phone when she was going into
junior high. He feels that he should get one, too. These days
it is very hard to justify adding anything to the cell
bill. But someday, we will figure something out. My son does
not e-mail and barely says 10 words when he calls a friend. He
will break us down eventually, but we have learned a thing or two
since being broken in by his big sis.
Lessons learned. Try not to text while kids are in school,
it only tempts them to use the phone when teachers aren't looking.
Don't be afraid to text your kids in school and other times when it
really counts, like "dr appt today, pick u up at 1pm." Or when your
teen's phone has run out of battery, you can text the friend they
are with (once in a blue moon). The friend will text back or
hand the phone to our daughter out of respect for us and our
daughter. "See dad, texting can be useful as a family!" "Gr8,
c u ltr."
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