Do you LOL every time you receive a text message from your child? Sometimes it seems like you need to be a cryptologist just to know a teenager plans to “talk to you later.”

While texting is today’s preferred method of communication, research suggests that too much “text talk” can hinder development of your child’s communication skills. English teachers are all too familiar with seeing these acronyms show up on students’ papers, and studies show that too much texting can have a major impact on a child’s ability to have meaningful face to face conversations. Just think of what this means for your child’s ability to successfully interview for a job, much less the influence it will have on his or her personal relationships.

Challenge your family (and yourself) to keep the text slang out of your conversations. Or, if you do use shortcuts, make sure it’s out of convenience – not ignorance. 😉

Just in case you do receive a text from your child and you don’t understand it, here is a handy list of commonly used abbreviations in texting (courtesy of Wikihow):

  • ROFL = Rolling on the floor laughing
  • TTYL = Talk to you later
  • IMHO = In my humble opinion
  • NVM = Nevermind
  • NP = No problem
  • CT = Can’t talk
  • OMG = Oh my god
  • POS = Parents over shoulder
  • BRB = Be right back
  • BF = Boyfriend
  • GF = Girlfriend
  • BFF = Best friends forever
  • LOL = Laugh out loud
  • K = Okay
  • IDK = I don’t know
  • Y = Why

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