Here is a list of text messages that just might help you connect to the heart of your teenager. Make sure to fill in the blanks with your thoughts that are positive and significant.
Take note that the last few texts are a fun scavenger hunt idea. It’s almost better if you aren’t around your teenager during this adventure. The gift they are searching for is not the main point, so just get an inexpensive iTunes card or something that won’t break the bank. It is the surprise, the attention, and the shared experience that matters most.
Some of these are from a ministry company that our church partners with and some are written by our awesome church staff. If these don’t inspire you then think about a text message that would mean something to your teen and then send it to them. Over time the encouragement will pay off!
TEXTS TO SEND
I just wanted to tell you today that you remind me of __________ because ___________
I was really proud of you today because _____________
Hey! We decided that you get to choose where we are eating for dinner tonight! Where are we going? I love you…
I am not going to pretend to know what you are going through with ___________ . But I I see you are hurting and I am hurting with you.
I just wanted to tell you that I really respected your decision to __________________. You are turning into a really wise person!
If you could have one hour of my undivided attention to go and do something fun together, what would you want to do?
I was thinking about you this morning, and I just wanted to tell you that it’s pretty great being your mom/dad.
(The next 6 texts set up a fun cell phone scavenger hunt you can enjoy with your teenager. It could be a great memory maker)
I wanted to have some fun today, so I bought you a present. But you have to go on an adventure to find it. You up for it?
Clue #1 Go to ____________ , take a picture and send it to me, Then I will send you the next clue.
Clue #2 Go to _____________ , take a picture and send it to me. Then I will send you the next clue.
Clue #3 Go to _____________ , take a picture and send it to me. Then I will send you the next clue.
Now go to ____________ and look for your treasure. Then send me a picture of your cute smiling face with your present!
I hope you like the present. I have no reason for giving it to you except to say how much I love you. I am proud to be your parent!
WHY SEND TEXTS?
Teenagers communicate with text messages! It’s the easiest way to make sure that they see the encouragement but the bigger point of this is that you’re teenager wants (and needs) to know that they are a priority for you. They live in a “what have you done for me lately world” and are constantly finding their self worth in sports, academics, college acceptance letters, and social circles. This is a tiring process and they need to know that no matter what you love them and want to make them a priority in you’re busy schedule.
Check back to www.ecfparents.com as we update this list of text messages!
Remember, we are here to do life with you!