When I recently heard Maria Schriver mention something about how to stay connected to our children I knew I had a good idea. And, like most good ideas I forgot about this post. And, then I got an Amazon text alert and knew this alert was a fun example of how to stay connected to adult children.
Technically, I have two adult children; one lives and works in downtown Denver and my middle (my lefty) lives in Minnesota where he attends college.
But Amazon proves to be a fun way for us to stay connected as a family.
So here is how we roll in our family; a little bit of sarcasm, an occasional toss under the bus, lots of laughs, and a network of support from grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends.
How to Stay Connected to Adult Children
Who in your family gets the automatic Amazon alerts? The ones where you are nowhere near an Amazon shopping cart, but a family member, with access to the account, just bought something on your Amazon account.
Do you know what I am talking about? At our house, my husband and I have an Amazon account tied to our credit card. Our adult children have their own accounts tied to their respective accounts or graduation gift card balances. One of my children always tells me when he charged a textbook to our master account because that falls under an educational expense.
Recently, I received an Amazon alert that someone in the family purchased this product on Amazon (I get purchase alerts when our credit card is charged).
But when I saw the ship-to address I thought, “Oh, this is too good not to send a group text to the kid.
I knew my husband didn’t order this product. So I sent the following group text to the kids and Auntie Tricia because Auntie Tricia is the closest thing to their second mother.
And, that simple question generated two simultaneous group chats/texts through the evening. Everyone weighed-in- including Evan’s uncles and Auntie Tricia. She always has something to say.
And, without asking Evan a dozen questions about classes and mid-term results, we focused on a $13.95 Amazon purchase of facial cleanser and a bag of chips.
This is a pre-break out photo of Evan.
He is older and stronger as evidenced by this order that crossed over my alert messages.
If you have college + age kids, some of you might relate to this quandary. You know, when you really, really want to check in on your kids, but you have used up your phone call minutes from your weekly Sunday calls and it’s only Thursday. And, we all know Thursday is a big study day on campus. #wink #snarky #snarcasm.
So sometimes, I share our status updates with the kids.
You know, in case they are asking. Humor works very well with my kids and me. My husband learned this years ago.
Or, when their dad got pulled over twice inside seven days. Just so you know, “We are headed to church” was not well received by the police officer. Good news, he did not end up in jail decide the text message below.
It just takes a minute to share and it inadvertently gives mom assurances her kids are good. As long as mom is trending among her kids; I don’t mind if I get tossed under the bus with my adult children. Nothing makes me happier than my children’s laughter.