Texting can help you bond with your family.
That’s at least according to a study from the University of Kansas. Parents have better relationships with their kids when they talk through texts, social media apps and other smartphone apps like Skype or FaceTime.
“A lot of parents might resist new technologies. They don’t see the point in them, or they seem like a lot of trouble,” said Jennifer Schon, a doctoral student who worked on the study. “But this study shows while it might take some work and learning, it would be worth it in the end if you are trying to have a good relationship with your adult child.”
The holiday season is a good time to reconnect with family and communicate about Thanksgiving or Christmas plans, whether it’s to let them know you’ve arrived at the airport or are looking for a family recipe. And much of the communication may take place through your mobile messaging apps, especially since 79 percent of cellphones users communicate through texts, according to the Pew Research Center.
People are even so into texting that this year’s Christmas anthem has been considered by some to be Kirsten’s Bell “Text Me a Merry Christmas.” Cue eye-roll.
Here are 12 texts you’re going to get from mom this holiday season.
When are you coming?
Daughter: Wait, so, are you coming this weekend or next weekend?
Mom: Next weekend.
Mom: Wait, no!!!
Mom: This weekend. The 13th!
Daughter: That was last weekend, Mom.
Mom: Heyyyy so do you have the fudge recipe?
Son: uh why would I have tht?
Mom: I GAVE IT TO YOU AND YOUR SISTER
Mom: HOW COULD YOU BOTH LOSE IT!!!!
Mom: Wait, just found it! Love you hunnnyy!
There is a Santa Claus
Mom: So what do you want for Christmas? Send me a list!
Daughter: Don’t you think I’m a little old for a list, Mom?!
Mom: You’re never too old for a list, Virginia, because, yes there is a Santa Claus.
Mom: Ugh. Feeling my age right now.
Preheat the oven
Mom: Can you put the turkey in the oven and preheat it at 450?
Mom: Did you do it?
Mom: Your brother is being a pain. He doesn’t want to cook anything this year!!
Daughter: What a lame kid.
Mom: Are you bringing anything?
Daughter: We bought cupcakes.
Mom: My children < 3333333333333333
Mom: It was not nice out this morning.
Son: That’s not good.
Mom: It was icy on the sidewalk too.
Son: That’s not good.
Mom: We covered that already!!
Mom: Hi John.
Son: Hi Mom.
Mom: Are you excited to see us for Christmas?!! I miss my blackberry!!
Son: I don’t even know where to start.
Catch a flick
Daughter: Do you wanna see a movie after dinner?
Mom: Wait, when, tonight?
Daughter: Nooooooo. On Turkey Day!
Mom: I want to relax. Don’t bug me!!
No Turkey Day?
Mom: So what’s new???? Are you getting excited for Turkey Day with us????
Son: Not sure I’m gonna make it.
Mom: Chris, you can’t be serious. We have planned so long for you to come out and eat dinner with us and be with us.
Son: Mom, I was kidding.
Mom: Love you.
Out on the town
Mom: Where are you?
Daughter: Out with friends.
Daughter: Just seeing some friends while they’re home for break!
Mom: Ok be safe and text me if you need a ride home
Daughter: Okay you too!
Mom: I’m not going anywhere
Mom: Seriously, Sarah.
Clean the bathroom
Mom: Thank you for having us this year!
Son: No problem Mom!! I love you!
Mom: Love you too! Seriously, great dinner overall.
Son: Glad you liked it!
Mom: Just make sure you clean your bathroom next time ;)
Mom: So what are you thankful for this year?????
Daughter: You! Love my moms duh!! < 33
Mom: Awe. I knew I had you for a reason.
Email: email@example.com, Twitter: @herbscribner