Friday, January 22, 2010

Connecting with my daughter via texting

Texting is good for short little communications. One of my favorite uses is when Ursula asks me to get some groceries on the way home from work.  Inevitably I used to always forget one key item.  With a text I’ve got the whole list on my phone.

textingTexting has opened up a communication line with my teenage kids.  It seems that sometimes it’s easier for them to communicate through a text than in person.  Go figure!

Last night was pretty awesome getting to see Briana score a goal in her high school soccer game.  At first, I wasn’t going to be at the game because of what time it was at, but surprised Briana by making it.  After the game, I told her how proud I was of her for taking the shot and making the goal.  She received the praise and didn’t say much.

This morning I texted her to tell her that she’d have soccer practice on Sunday.  Also, told her that I wouldn’t be able to make her game today since it was an early game and I’d still be at work.  What came out of that simple communication was the following…

Me:  Have a great day! Cannot make your game today. You made me proud with that goal. It was very sweet!

Briana:  Aw thanks daddy you have a great day too you surprised me when you yelled my name it really made me happy

Me:  Glad that I could put a smile on your face. You always put one on my face!

Communicating in a format that she’s comfortable with allowed her to open up a bit more and tell me how she really felt.  That text truly touched my heart!

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