When Parents Text: So Much Said...So Little Understood

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A collection of insanely funny texts between parents and kids, When Parents Text is a surprisingly affecting window into the complicated time when parents aren’t ready to let go, and kids aren’t ready to be let go. The parents are well-meaning but hopeless, silly and a little corny, and befuddled by the technology. The kids are bewildered yet patient: the perfect straight man. And the authors, two recent college graduates, Lauren Kaelin and Sophia Fraioli, have an unerring editorial instinct to select the ...

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Overview

A collection of insanely funny texts between parents and kids, When Parents Text is a surprisingly affecting window into the complicated time when parents aren’t ready to let go, and kids aren’t ready to be let go. The parents are well-meaning but hopeless, silly and a little corny, and befuddled by the technology. The kids are bewildered yet patient: the perfect straight man. And the authors, two recent college graduates, Lauren Kaelin and Sophia Fraioli, have an unerring editorial instinct to select the funniest, sweetest, quirkiest, most-telling exchanges.

There’s the revelatory: Mom: My fingers are saying words. This is amazing.

The virtual scolding:
Dad: I will deal with your sassy behavior when I get home. Meanwhile have some fiber.

The autofill-challenged:
Mom: dig up some tadpoles on ur way homo. Me: ummm, what? Mom: It autocorrected me. I mean to say dig up some tadpoles on ur way homo. (4 minutes later) Mom: PICK UP SOME TAMPONS ON YOUR WAY HOME.

The manically inappropriate:
Mom: Woo Hoo—Ruth died, you know Uncle Lyman’s wife, BUT I have your Braves tickets and check on the table!!

And the downright inexplicable:
Dad: You could poop your pants in the yankee candle store and no one would know.

Launched as a website just last year, www.whenparentstext.com is a phenomenon. It receives 300,000 to 500,000 page views a day, with features in The Huffington Post, Entertainment Weekly, College Humor, and more. When Parents Text includes the best of texts from the website, plus more than 50 percent all-new material never before published.

Includes an emoticon glossary and 16-page color insert of MMS texts— multimedia messaging service, aka, bizarre photos from mom and dad. It’s the perfect gift for every text-savvy kid to give to his or her parents.

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From the Publisher
“An addictive and side-splitting read . . . the underlying relationship between parent and teen is simultaneously touching and hysterical. This should be a best seller—it is a total moment-in-time classic. Enthusiastically recommended.”

Library Journal (starred review)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761166047
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 118,139
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Sophia Fraioli graduated from the University of Vermont in 2010. After moving in with her parents she started the website www.whenparentstext.com with her childhood best friend, Lauren Kaelin. She now lives in New York but still goes home regularly for home cooked meals."

Lauren Kaelin and Sophia Fraioli grew up in Montclair, N.J., and have been best friends since sixth grade. After graduating from Smith (Lauren) and the University of Vermont (Sophia), they moved back to Montclair and now run the hugely popular website, www.whenparentstext.com.

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Table of Contents

Introduction v

The Origin Story 1

Texting: The Phenomenon 9

n00bs 11

Master Class 37

When Grandparents Text 53

World Wide Web 61

Occasions 81

Happy Birthday! 97

Mealtimes 105

Pets 119

Dreams 127

Pix 133

Wow 149

Entertainment 179

Harry Potter 193

Questions 201

Parental Wisdom 217

Ideas 231

Diss 241

<3 251

Glossary 263

Our Favorites 274

Acknowledgments 275

About the Authors 276

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2011

    Highly recommend.Very current and hilarious!

    A well organized, fun read. Lets you know what all those text messages are about. Uplifting look at some of the ways parents(grandparents too) and children communicate. You will relate to so many of the messages. Watch out where you read it, though, as you will definitely laugh out loud (LOL)!
    Be prepared as you may discover some of your texts in the pages!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    I can relate

    This book had me laughing so loud people would hear me from outside my back room at work. I have a mother who sometimes sends texts somewhat identical to these so I enjoyed reading others' more unfortunate crazy texts

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 9, 2011

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    I laughed out loud several times!

    If you have kids, chances are you have texted them. My kids got cell phones when they were in high school, and it became so easy to stay in touch with them via text. They didn't have to interrupt what they were doing or act like their parents mattered to them in front of their friends. Two twenty-something women, Lauren Kaelin and Sophia Fraioli, started talking about the goofy (dorky?) text messages their parents would send them, and so they started a website- When Parents Text. They encouraged other people to submit texts from their own parents, and the site became so popular, they now have compiled a book When Parents Text- So Much Said...So Little Understood. This book had me laughing all the way through it; it reminded me of S@#* My Dad Says. They organize the texts by categories, like "N00bs", which are texts that make no sense (usually done by parents just learning to text and unable to clearly see what they are texting), "Master Class", which consists of texts done by expert texters, complete with fancy emoticons, and "Pets", which the authors have determined have become very important to parents who suffer from "empty nest syndrome". The emoticons really floored me. I had no idea that there were so many parents out there who spent so much time creating elaborate emoticons, which do nothing more than exasperate their children. )8( is an angel sent to watch over one mom's adult child. Bow tie man :-)8 is big one too. My favorite though is Booty Shake- (_/_) (_\_) (_/_) (_\_) (_/_). Thank goodness there is handy glossary at the end to guide newbies through the new language. This one, titled I.Found.u., hit home for me. MOM: It's 3am where r you? (20 minutes later) MOM: Please let me know what's going on. R u OK? (5 minutes later) MOM: I. Found.u. You r in bed. I didn't hear u come home. I was so worried! Glad we R all safe and sound. Love u. This is funny to me because when my son was a senior in high school, I sent this same text. I received a reply that he was sound asleep in his bed and had been home for HOURS. Oops, my bad. I'm telling you, I LMAO reading this book. (Look it up if you don't know). This book will appeal to parents and grandparents, (there is chapter on grandparents texting too), as well as the kids they text. You will know who is reading this book in your house because you will hear bursts of laughter coming from whomever has the book. I have to admit that I am afraid to check out the website in case any of my texts are there. I have sent some really crazy ones while walking around NYC without my glasses on.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    Texting FAIL

    Mom: Hey! How's it going? Have you been changing your undies, eating your vagina, and staying away from strangers?
    Me: Uuuuuhhhh, no. That's my boyfreind's job :)
    Mom: Sorry. My Iphone has a mind of its own. I meant have you been eating your veggies
    Me: Oh. Yes, I have.
    damn you dirty minded phones! :)

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2012

    Haha

    Looks HILARIOUS!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2012

    Favorites are...

    Mom: i dont get some of that when parents text website.
    Me: like what?
    Mom: 4/20?? (cannot insert emoticon due to lack of text symbles)?
    Me: national marijuana day and a vagina
    Also
    Dad: dont forget to set your cocks guys! Happy New Years!!!
    Finally
    Mom: YAY january first! HAPPY HANGOVER SWEETIE

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2012

    LOVE IT

    So funny ! A must read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2012

    I didnt barly start

    I didnt realy start but so far its funny

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012

    what time is it ? . . . BOOTY SHAKE TIME !!!!

    (_/_) (_\_) uuuuhhhhhh (_/_) (_\_)

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2013

    Logan

    Hey kae this is our place.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2013

    Brooke

    "I missed you girl!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2013

    Lin

    It's fine..

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  • Posted January 18, 2013

    Use caution if gifting a teen

    I bought this book unread for my two nephews and returned it to the store. I saw it on a recommended gifts site suggested for young people their age. However, when I got it and looked at it, there were things in it that I felt were very inappropriate for an adult to give to a young person. Funny is one thing--really off color with bad language is another. Yes, I know they know about it. Yes, I know they hear it. But not from me, an older relative who is a role model. Probably ok for young adults (in their 20s) but I was horrified to find that parents in the book texted such things to a child. I don't find language about body parts all that entertaining.

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