Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Tweens and Texting


Hi everyone!

The EOG’s were long and tiring as usual but I did survive them. I actually felt sick on the first day and ended up going home after the test was over. The second day I still felt pretty bad but I survived the whole day, and the third day was the shortest test (only 28 questions) I felt much better. The EOG's were hard, tough, and LONG but I finished in one piece.

Did you survive too? Leave me a comment and let me know. J

Now for a tween topic that I’m very passionate about:  tweens and texting.

I wanted a cell phone for a long time, mainly to text. A few months ago, I finally got an iPhone, so exciting! So grown up.

The first few days, I got everyone’s numbers and texted every spare minute I had. I thought it was so cool but then I realized that texting is (in a way) um… not so cool.

This people is how tweens text:

First, tweens will text you a MILLION times until you respond. Then until you respond, they will text you, “Text me!” (Which BTW, doesn’t make people want to text you back.)

Some tweens will text unnecessary stuff like: I <3 UNICORNS (which is okay until they text you that over and over and over).

And sometimes there are some mean things said about people through texting too. Like, believe me, I’ve heard everything like: omg she so ulgy and annoying.





Mean right? I don’t want people texting like that about me. Plus, if I gossip, most likely my mom will take my phone away for like… forever.

So, I have some solutions that have taught me how to deal with texting:

1.)  If someone texts you “Text me” just respond with a “Hey”. Maybe they just need a friend to text right then.

2.)  If someone talks behind someone’s back, change the subject or bring the attention to the good stuff about the person.

3.)  If someone texts you I<3 UNICORNS or something like that just say, “ok… so do I” and then change the subject.

4.)  Play the happy game. I made this up and my friends like this. You just text back and forth happy words like: giggles, pink, sparkles, or rainbows.  Anything you can think of that makes you happy, it gets people in a really good mood. You can borrow my game, it’s so gone global. J

Ok so, be the good person. Don’t say something mean or could end up losing your friend (or your phone). Use these solutions and tween texting will be enjoyable.

Texting can be annoying and can drive you crazy but it’s a good way to communicate with your friends. We can make it a positive way.

So what are your thoughts about tweens and texting? Leave a comment and let’s talk about this.

77 comments:

  1. Hey I love ur blog. And u may not remember me but I no u I went to kindergarten together. My name is Emma. I'll be looking at ur blog 24/7!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. I think your comments about Tweens and texting are very grown up. There are some adults that should take your advice about gossiping and using phones in a negative way. I love your happy game and how you respond to annoying texts. So glad you survived your EOGs and happy you are feeling better. Love your blog! GLYASDI. Grandma

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  3. Hi I'm a friend of your Mom's from Nebraska and I love your blog! I love that your encouraging your friends not to gossip even in a text. Words are so powerful.Great job! Looking forward to reading more of your thoughts.

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  4. Taylor,
    YOU ROCK!!!! Girl, I absolutely LOVE your blog. It's interesting. You are a great writer. You are funny. What you share is awesome. I love it and I can't wait to show it to Hayley Grace!
    Keep writing girl! I am definitely going to follow your blog!
    Hugs,
    Melissa Taylor

    ***Love the happy game! I think I'm going to play it with your mama!

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  5. Great words of wisdom, Taylor! I'm tucking your ideas away to use when I text. Mostly texting is how I keep up with my niece and nephew who are both 15. It's a great way to keep in touch, but you're right, it can get out of hand.

    Thanks again TaterTot!! Enjoying your thoughts :)

    xoxo, Sam (from P31)

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  6. What are EOG's? How often do you have them? I am a teacher in Canada. Anyway congratulations for getting through them.
    I like your ideas for texting. Yes, I am so old, my kids had to show me how to text! What are the rules in your school about i-phone use during class?

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  7. Yes what ARE EOGs? LOL I'm a mom in Texas and excited for your blog!(thanks for the invite Melissa :)) Keep writing and sharing that positive love!

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  8. Hi Emma! Yes I remember you we played together at recess. Thank you for reading my blog!
    -Taylor

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  9. Thank you Mrs.Melissa so much for reading my blog, my mommy would love to play the happy game with you!

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  10. Thanks Samantha for supporting my blog a lot! Thanks for leaving such kind words on my post!

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  11. Tammy Hedlund
    Your blog was very well written. Thank you for the insight. I came to read your blog from a P31 devotion! Keep up the good work.

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  12. Taylor,

    I love your advice and the whole arena of texting over talking makes me sad- I know there is a time and place that texting is great, but real relationships and friendships are so much better shared in person! I love your blog and thank you for sharing with us your gift or writing. Keep it up!

    Emily

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  13. EOGs are end of grade test you have them every year. Some rules are no phones are allowed at school so its kinda hard to text in school. Thank you for reading my blog!

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  14. EOGs are the end of grade test. Thanks for showing you care!

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  15. Thank you, Tammy Hedlund. Thanks reading my blog and supporting it!

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  16. Taylor, this is wonderful! First of all, thank you for sharing what EOGs are, I was so confused, LOL! I hope your tests come back stellar!

    I love this post and I've sent it to all of my youth, I really think they will gain a ton of wisdom from this! Thank you!

    <3 Heather

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  17. Hi Taylor! I enjoyed your posts and super cute blog! I just started blogging too--really fun! I homeschool my kids, and 2 are in middle school--can't wait to share your site with them! I know they will be encouraged and inspired! Have a great summer! Blessings, Jennifer

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  18. Just found your blog through Melissa Taylor. Thanks for posting such great advice for ANY ONE who texts. It is nice to know there are young women like yourself who care about what is kind, true and honorable. Thanks!

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  19. Thank you for your mature insights about texting! I appreciate your thoughts! Have an AWESOME day!!!

    EstherGrace01@gmail.com

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  20. Thanks for all the great advise. Hopefully other kids will follow them.

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  21. Found your blog off Melissa Taylors. Good for you for starting your own blog. I have been thinking on it for a while. Hopefully I will get brave one day and join you!!! I think you will be able to impact many young people keep up the good work!!! Nicole

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  22. Hi Taylor:
    My name is Anna. I am a mom and I found your blog through Melissa Taylor. I like your blog and your views about blogging. I love the picture of the sunflower on your blog and the blog background. I am trying to start my own blog. I like the game you invented for texting. Giggles, pink sparkles and rainbows make me smile as well. God bless,

    Anna

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  23. Very nice post - I will keep my eyes on your blog as I have an 11 year old dd, always nice to get the scoop from others :) Thank-you!

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  24. Hi Taylor,
    I'm over from Melissa's blog. It's so comforting to know there are young girls like yourself with such wisdom and the boldness to do the right thing! Good on you! Since my girls are approaching the age where they will get cellphones and will be texting, it's good to see how this can be managed well...no matter what your age! Thanks for the great tips I will use and share with my kids.

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  25. Hi Taylor,
    I am also reading your blog via Melissa Talor's suggestions. You are right on with your recommendations. They are actually good for adults to follow also. Thanks for being such a godly example for your peers and their parents.

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  26. Hi Taylor,
    What a great writer you are! And I love your thoughts on texting ~ having had tweens of my own, you are right on and I love the advice you give.

    Keep up the great work!

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  27. Jennifer eichlerMay 18, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Hi. I am a mom of a tween girl and just found your blog. Very excited for my daughter and I to read it together! Great advice on texting!

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  28. Hi Taylor, I enjoyed reading your blog today and was very impressed by your wisdom at such a young age! Great advice for any age as it relates to texting!

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    1. Thank you Kim! My knowledge about this stuff is from experience :) thank you so much

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  29. I like the happy game.

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  30. Hi! I'm a Mom from Texas and I found your blog through Melissa. I love it! I am going to show it to my tween girls tonight! You are very wise for your ag3!

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    1. Thank you so much! I hope your girls will play the happy game:)

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  31. Hi! I enjoyed your blog today. I always tell my kids it doesn't hurt to be everybody's friend...even when texting or on facebook! Sounds like you are doing just that! Going to print your blog out and give to my tween tonite! Great job!

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    1. Thank you carol I hope your daughter enjoys my blog:) your right thats really good advice! :) thank you

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  32. such smart advice, you are growing into a wonderful and Christian young woman!

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    1. Thank you Jennifer! I hope I'll become that woman thanks! :)

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  33. You are smart beyond your years. I love your blog and what you have to share with other tweens. I will be sharing your blog with my daughter so she can see it is always better to be nice and protect yourself and those around you. Thanks Melisa for the invite to this blog. Have a blessed day Taylor.

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    1. Thanks Jo Ann thank you I hope your daughter likes it! Have a great day to:)

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  34. You are a wise girl! Like your happy game, I am going to do that with my grown up friends! :) Thanks for the good ideas I will share them with my tween son too! He texts with a lot of friends and he likes skype, how do you feel about skype?
    Mary B.

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    1. Thank you Mary B. I hope your son will play the happy game:) well I don't have a Skype a lot of my friends Skype I guess it depends on what you talk about kinda like texting depends on what you text about

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  35. Great blog Taylor! Many adults could learn from your blog! Keep up the great work!!

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    1. Thank you Frieda Guess adults could play the happy game to:)

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  36. Fantastic advice, Taylor!! I'm sharing this post with all the tweens in my life :)

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  37. Hey there Taylor!!! I'm from Australia and I can't wait to tell my kids about your happy words texting game!!! Good on you for blogging! Bless you. Nicki Edwards

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  38. I love the Happy Game! I am going to teach my daughters this game. I just read Melissa's post about your blog. I am so glad that she pointed this out to me. Great job! I have a teen daughter so I am going to share it with her. My daughter is not going to know what hit her....I am going to text her a Bible verse a day and play the Happy Game with her! Keep on blogging!

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    1. Thank you! Thanks a great idea to text bible verses I'm going to do that with my friends! Thank you!:)

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  39. Great post, Taylor! I heard about your blog from Melissa Taylor. Great words of advice for all kinds of social media.

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    1. Thank you Lori guess the happy game would work on Facebook to:) thank you!

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  40. Taylor
    Papa and I love the happy game. You really are a very good writer with much to share. Thanks for taking the time to help others through your writing. Hugs

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  41. Wow Taylor! I love your thoughts on this subject. You're wisdom & insight here is awesome! I really like what you said about texting someone back with a simple "Hey" even if your busy & don't have time to say much. It makes people feel good to know someone cares right at the moment they text you.
    The Happy Game sounds awesome too! I love that idea. It's so easy to let the negatives come out in our daily conversations. Positives sound so much more enjoyable to be talking about anyway. I'm going to have to use this idea with my kids. Thanks so much for sharing these tips on texting with all of us. Keep posting away. You rock Taylor!

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    1. Thanks Tricia for commenting on my blog, thanks again I hope if your kids have phones they will use the happy game themselves! Thank you!

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  42. Taylor,
    Do you see how God used your writing to reach people all over the world??? Keep writing sweet girl. I'm so proud of you! You have inspired many many people with your blogging. Thank you so much for allowing me to share your blog! Love you! HG and I love your blog!

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    1. Thank you so much Mrs.Melissa for everything! You have been so nice and thank you for sharing my blog! Thank you!

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  43. I am excited to find you and from the sounds of the comments above, I will love reading your blog. Melinda

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    1. Thank you Melinda for checking out my blog! I hope you keep reading it

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  44. Taylor I'm amazed by how your blog has inspired readers from all over the world in less than a week! Awesome job! I am so proud of you! GLYASDI Grandma

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  45. You sound very mature for your age! You are setting a good example for the teens out there. My son says that he's one of the only teens that does not have a cell to text with, and would like one. You have inspired me to think that texting could also be a positive thing. Thank you for your texting advice! Connie~Canada

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    2. Thank you Connie, yes texting can be a good thing! If your son gets a phone let him know about the happy game!

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  46. I've been a teacher for 16 years (9 of which were in middle school) and I never thought of many of the things you mentioned. I will use all of these suggestions! Thank you!
    Tiffany Bell ;-)

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    1. Omg thank you that's really cool that you've been a teacher that long! Thanks for supporting my blog, Tiffany

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  47. Great job. I don't have teen girls but teen and tween boys. This is helpful for all of them.

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    1. Thank you never know tween boys may deal with the same stuff as tween girls! Thank you, Allison!

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  48. Thanks for the suggestions. These will be very helpful as I enter the world of texting. Have a great day.

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    1. Thanks for commenting! I hope you will use them thank you for supporting!

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  49. Love your blog. Will share it with my almost middle school daughter. She texts some friends regularly and this will be good for her to read.

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    1. Thank you I hope this will blog will reach to teens also! Thanks!

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  50. I am a mother of a tween and having positive peers like yourself is an encouragement to me as a parent. Keep using your gift to glorify Him!

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    1. Thank you! Tell your tween about the happy games it quite fun actually! Thanks for supporting this blog

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  51. You are an excellent writer & I enjoyed reading your blog. Thank you for the insight. I came to read your blog from a P31 devotion. Keep up the good work.

    You said you just got your iPhone a few months ago. So was it as a bday gift, reward or a special occasion? My oldest has been BEGGING me for a phone & I believe he's just too young, he's only 9. But I constantly see young kids w/phones. Exactly how old were you when you got your phone? Thanks for your input.

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    1. Thank you Sharon! I got my iPhone as a reward so I had to work for it. Yes I do agree with you at the age of 9 you really don't need a phone. Thank you again for reading my blog!

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  52. I definitely think you have some great points and that many adults could use the advice! I'm definitely going to be more aware of what I text. Thanks!

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