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Last night I had the following conversation with my son via text:

Me: Hey, I’m in the garage. Come out and help me bring these groceries in.

Jayden: um how about no

Me: Um, how about I lock you in the attic and let you starve as punishment for not helping?

Jayden: lmfao

Me: Don’t you think it’s a little inappropriate to say “lmfao” to your mother?

Jayden: sry lmao is that better?

Me: Not really. What’s wrong with LOL?

Jayden: ok lol then

Me: That’s much better. Now get your butt out here and help me.

Jayden: thats wat she said

Me: That was wrong in so many ways.

If you have children and they are still small and sweet, please cherish them. Because eventually they will devolve into teenagers who communicate only via text message (and in text speak, no less), figure out things they shouldn’t understand, and leave a huge mess everywhere they go.

And people wonder why I only had one.

About Andrea Whitmer

Andrea is a freelance web developer and mom trying to maintain a sense of humor in an otherwise chaotic world. She blogs in hopes of helping others avoid the same mistakes she made in the past. Join in the discussion here on So Over This, or connect on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, or Google Plus. You can also subscribe to new posts via RSS so you never miss out!


  1. Pauline @ Reach Financial Independence says

    Love the pic! I wish kids could stay sweet forever. My little brother is 15 and in many ways still sweet with us, his family but I sometimes wonder who that kid is and if for my sanity we should still be friends on FB.

  2. And how old is he?

  3. plantingourpennies says

    OMG I h8 txt! =(

    Hopefully it's just a phase

  4. He seems to be learning pretty quickly. Give him a few years and hopefully he'll become more sensible again.

  5. That phase… ugh. At least he didnt continue to get smart with you. That's when it's really irritating.

  6. Omg! LoL that is sim my daughter lately (without the text) and she is only 9. I feel for you too my son was the same after he got his first phone. Daughter has one of those texting apps on her ipad and send some random annoyance from the next room now and then

  7. Too funny! I like when I try to abbreviate in iphone and it spells out the whole thing for me, like OMW. I often think if I had a conversation with my teenage self from 1984-88, I would think the future me was bat shit crazy with such weird language like google and i this and i that. Hard to wrap my head around.

  8. makinthebacon1 says

    Its so weird to see teenagers with cell phones and ipods. I didn't get a cell phone until I was 23! I'm sure your son will grow out of that phase once he's out of high school. 🙂 Although its the worst phase, because every little trivial thing is blown out of proportion. Maybe it's just for girls…

  9. moneybeagle says

    That's funny, but it sounds like through all the sarcasm and snarkiness that he still loves and respects you and that is the key to surviving those years. I know I was a royal pain in the rear doing those years but my parents managed 🙂

    • He's a good kid – I really can't complain too much. It just amazes me how different parent/child communication is now compared to when I was a kid. Even now, I can't imagine sending LMAO to my mom in a text message – she'd probably try to wash my mouth out with soap!

  10. My kids and I communicate in text at times, but would never dream of responding in such a fashion. Maybe because they know they would lose that phone forever and that I follow through on threats and punishments. It sucks paying for a phone to sit in my drawer for 2 weeks, but it does get some results. So now when I say to help carrying in groceries, it happens.

    • For the record, I follow through with punishments as well. But making jokes isn't a punishable offense in my house, especially with an autistic kid who has really struggled to understand and use humor. He did come help with the groceries, so I'm not sure why I would have taken his phone away. I guess some families just communicate differently than others.

      • Andrea,
        Very good. I must admit that it was a little difficult for me to fully grasp the context from just your post. I couldn't really tell if you were totally dissed or not. Sounds like not.

        I did think the conversation was funny and appreciated the humor, but couldn't really tell what you were feeling. Again, knowing context helps.

        We don't discipline for humor or sarcasm, either. We do for lying about plans (important from a safety standpoint and knowing where to start search parties) and for sexting (ie illegal for minors and just plain wrong). Hopefully, you will only have to worry about sarcasm.

  11. Jayden: "Mom, there's nothing to eat. Can you go shopping?"
    Andrea: "Um, how about 'no'?"

    Next day:
    Jayden: "Mom, could I have my allowance, please?"
    Andrea: "LMFAO."

    Third day:
    Jayden: "Mom, all my socks have holes in them. Could you pick up some more when you're out?"
    Andrea: "LOL."

    Fourth day:
    Jayden: "Mom, the last few times I've asked for things you've responded with snarky text replies. I get it. I'm sorry I was disrespectful."
    Andrea: "OMG!" (collapses onto floor in dead faint)

  12. My mom and Grandmother are the ones who use "text speak" not me! Actually, I refuse to text friends if they don't capitalize words or spell them out completely. I can't stand when people are lazy simply because they are using a cell phone. But, that is just the grammar nazi part of me.

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