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Parents Just Don't Understand

We have to confess that referencing a study conducted by a major phone maker about text messaging is like referencing a drug study paid for by a drug company—but with that caveat in mind, the information is still pretty interesting.

While many parents may feel disconnected from their teens because of technology, Samsung’s survey shows that 53% of the teens surveyed said that text messaging had improved their relationship with their parents. Half of the parents (51%) said the same. It seems that sending digital messages means that the two groups are communicating more often.

While it’s admirable that parents and teens are bridging the gap across the technological divide, we hope that parents and teens are, like, you know, talking to each other. Do you have teens? Tell us how you take steps to improve your relationship. [Digital Trends]

Posted: 4/17/08
marcellasimmons

I raised four girls alone and they're all grown up now with families of their own. I always had a great relationship with them by keeping our communication line open - they could tell me anything - I was a normal parent with normal feelings but I always told my girls that honesty was always the best policy. They rarely ever hid things from me and when they did, I'd find out and our trust would temporarily be broken and this hurt them because it would affect our mother/daughter communication line - something they learned to value as they grew older. I'd remind them so many times that sooner or later they would need me for moral support and if they kept on the up and up with me, them I'd be there for them no matter what. That alone has always worked fir them to some exent. But they had sneaky ways that use to make me so mad - but in the end their sneaky ways would catch them up and they'd end up in trouble - and I would remind them about honesty. It was rough at times but they can still come to me and talk to me without being embarressed about anything - I might not agree with them 100% and I don't but they know our communication lines will always be open. We don't have to text each other - they need to talk, we talk and that's that. They know they can talk to me at any time and I am there for them. We live close enough that a simple phone call can have us sippig coffee togther in less time than it takes to text message each other - and we strive to keep our communication lines open. There are grand daughters now and they too come to me all the time for advice.