How-To Bridge The Parent-Text Divide

Good communication between parents and children can often be a challenge.  For Hispanic parents there is also a cultural divide – tradition vs. modern American values.  Adding to these challenges is the new vocabulary and etiquette that texting has established.  Fear not! Casa Latina is happy to offer tips from textPlus to help bridge the texting divide that exists between the older and younger generations:

Tips for Mamá y Papá:

DO Clarify

No idea what LYLAS, ROFL or MULU means?  Don’t risk misusing one of these popular SMS acronyms.  Google it or just ask your kid.  (We knew a dad who thought LOL meant “lots of love.”  Very sweet – until he used it in a text to his son about a sick relative…)

 DON’T Wait To Respond

Kids and teens expect instant responses when texting,  It’s the beauty and the appeal of the format. In their world, nothing worse than waiting for an SMS response.

DO Keep Your Phone On

To respond in real-time….you have to get the message when it comes in.

DON’T Over-Emoticon

This:  😉   😉 :>) ….can get really annoying when it’s from a mom.

DO Keep It Snappy

The whole point of a text is to keep it short and to the point.  Skip the pleasantries and flower-y prose.

DON’T Text During School Hours

We found that 66% of parents were texting their kids while they were in class.  Some parents told us they expected their kids to wait until after school to reply.  Wrong!  Kids are hardwired to reply instantly to texts, even if it means it’s in the middle of Calculus.

Tips For Kids

DON’T Mock

Cut your parents a break for being dorky texters.  They’re from another era.

DO Teach

If you don’t, you’ll just get called all the time. (And please – don’t sit there and let your dad text with his index finger!)

DO Skip The Texting Lingo

They won’t be able to translate LYLAS, ROFL or MULU.  (trust us: we know a dad who thinks LOL means “lots of love.”)

DON’T Text Them From Class

They’ll wonder why you’re not paying attention.

DO Look Before You Send

40% of texters admit they’ve accidentally sent a text to the wrong person.  Mom doesn’t want to see a lovey dovey text meant for your BF.

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