3. Learn Your Child's Language.
Texting is here to stay, so adults need to embrace it, rather than fear it, says Dr. Susan Lipkins, a child and adolescent psychologist in Port Washington, New York. Go ahead and learn how to text, since it's a great way to stay in touch—your daughter can assure you that she's made it safely after a long car drive, or you can let your son know that you're running late for soccer practice pickup. Tricia, a California mom, says her relationship with her son, who is away at college, has improved since she's learned to text. While he may not answer phone calls, he responds to her texts within a few minutes. And it's an easy way "to apologize after a tough argument and to remind him that I love him," she says.
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