Did my Daughter Move to Europe?

March 14, 2017

I joke with my daughter that communicating with her when her phone is in her hand, is like talking to someone in Europe where there’d be a long pause and delay (back in the day anyways this would happen).  It’s common to ask a question to my beloved teen while on her phone doing something and get zero response.  No flicker of any kind really that would lead me to believe she heard anything I said.  I ask her again.  She hears my tone change a bit, so she perks up ever so slightly.  Yet still a long delay and then, “yea mom”.  Blah.  Its literally as if I am on an out of country call with that insanely long pause to respond, which isn’t a mindful pause.  Its a pause that comes from being highly immersed in her social media world.   A big to do could ensue if I wanted it to with this less than stellar communication.  But in the meantime, I make subtle jokes that we communicate at times like she lives overseas and I’d like us to practice more presence.  That light touch seems to help and bring a bit of light-heartedness to the situation.   Creativity in reclaiming true communication with a teen isn’t easy.

 

 

 

 

 

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