I think texting came along at just the right time for the baby boomer generation. We parents who doted on our children all the way through their development now have a way to connect with them even when they’re gone from our homes but in a non-intrusive way.
For instance if your child is driving alone on a long trip you can check in and see how they’re doing. If your child landed from an airplane they can text you that they landed. They can check in when they come home to an empty house or u can find out where they are at 2 o’clock in the morning if you’re worried. Your text must be respectful and positive or your child will find your texts annoying.
Your child can quickly share exciting news with you or ask for help. You can send back an encouraging insightful text and it can make all the difference.
But mostly we can send them emoji’s with hearts and love showing that we are thinking about them and that they are not alone in the world. They need to know that a very loving healthy family back at home supports them.
Your support gives a young person the confidence they need to go out into the world. Start sending your child encouraging, praising, sometimes honest comments and lots of hearts! Start texting!
But don’t over do it. Your young adult needs space to figure out the world on their own, make mistakes and become fully independent yet maintain a healthy emotional tie with his or her family of origin.