Parents have to fight hard to find new ways to get through to their offspring.
Naturally, there are those who might think it pointless to bother communicating with them at all. Yet somehow parents keep trying like the spurned lovers of Cleopatra.
According to The Washington Post, the latest trend in parenting patter is to nag your kids by text.
The article points out some touching nuances. Kids don't like picking up the phone when a parent calls. A text that says, for example, "u little dolt. Where the hell are u?" can be read rather more discreetly.
Some parents apparently send their kids one-worders such as "Update." To which I know that my own inclination as a 12-year-old would have been to reply "Up Yours."
I suppose it depends on how good the parent/child relationship is.
I cannot help but wonder, though, whether all this technological access is giving parents a little too much opportunity to nag and set a bad example at the same time.
You see, one can imagine a bored wife spending an afternoon with her part-time fitness trainer and lover while still sending a text demanding that little Steven does his homework.
One can conceive of a dreadful businessman in some sleazy lapdancing club imploring sweet Sophie-Anne by text to clean her room.
Parents can now go online to check their kids' grades with just one flick at their iPhones. They can more effectively stalk and haunt their children's lives like ghouls of godliness while living up to none of their own principles.
Sending a text can surely deliver the same level of whininess as a moan over the breakfast table or a call, but the mere technology behind texting gives parents far too much ease with which to nag without end or consequence.
Some parents even send texts demanding that their kids send them pictures to prove their room is clean. Why don't they send pictures of their own rooms?
The kids are striking back. In an ingenious move, those who receive texts in class are often using manically texting parents as their excuse.
Shouldn't there be limits placed on parental texting mania? Two texts a day, oldies. One in the morning, one in the evening. Any more and you're grounded.