Wendy and I have a policy that the right to privacy does not exist for our teenage children when it comes to use of their phones.

We get to review any and all text messages and device history any time we want.

There is a downside to this. It makes me feel old.

Reading my children’s text messages has made me realize that I have officially arrived on the “other” side of the generation gap.

Because in order to understand my children’s text messages I need an urban dictionary at my finger tips!

Here’s just a sampling from messages reviewed JUST TODAY:

“kk”

“rn”

“mano”

“dope” (hint: this doesn’t mean what it meant when I was in high school)

“wack”

“tbh”

“imma”

As my generation likes to say, SAY WHAT???

This screen shot is a recent real-life exchange between my friend and his 15 year-old daughter.

This screen shot is a recent real-life exchange between my friend and his 15 year-old daughter.

Ha ha, so rich! ????

I’ve come to believe over the years that the effectiveness of an estate plan in accomplishing our objectives is proportional to the strength of our family relationships.

The more connected we are to our children / heirs, the more likely the property we leave them will be a blessing in their lives, not a curse.

So don’t give up on being able to relate and connect with the rising generation. After all, we can always ask Google – a luxury OUR parents didn’t have!