I know I usually don’t get all “this is how *I* parent” on you, but I’ve found a new way to connect with Ariel and wanted to share it with you.
Turns out she is as much of a “quote collector” as I am. As many people are, just judging by the popularity of memes like Thoughtful Thursday and the oodles of Pinterest boards dedicated to quotes.
Ariel still doesn’t have any social media accounts, since I’m that mom and am sticking to their rules, so she doesn’t get to pin things on Pinterest or like things on Facebook.
My new connection: I’m emailing cool quotes/pics to her.
See, back when she was in 2nd grade, her teacher encouraged the students to email in their spelling words in fun fonts and colors. Computer literacy + spelling = WIN! So Ariel had an email address from back then. I hooked up her iPod with that email address and BOOM! I can send her email and she can text that way too.
So what kinds of things do I send her? Funny pet snaps, inspiring quotes, thoughtful ponderings….anything that I find that is appropriate or timely. I keep a folder on my desktop and whenever I find something Ariel-worthy, I copy it into that file. Then every so often, I send an email (or several) to her. One night she complained that I hadn’t sent her anything in a while, so I bombarded her with coolness.
Here are a few that I’ve sent her (I wish I had the original source for these so I could give credit. If you are the creator of any of these, please let me know and I’ll be super happy to recognize your contribution!):
And then probably my favorite one was found on Grammarly’s Facebook page. And I liked — and totally believed in the quote earlier — but then Ariel told me how it had influenced her.
Turns out, she had standardized writing testing shortly after I sent this to her. She had fallen in love with the quote and memorized and quoted it in her written commentary on the test! LOVE that!!
It’s easy, it’s fun, and it’s a great connection for us. Give it a try! It might work for you and your tween too!