There is one space where parents have always managed to reign supreme over their children, and that space is text messaging. This digital format takes everything that children suspect about their parents’ social ineptitude and turns it
into a reality.
Let’s take a look at how things can quickly go wrong when your parents try to communicate via text.There is one space where parents have always managed to reign supreme over their children, and that space is text messaging. This digital format takes everything that children
suspect about their parents’ social ineptitude and turns it
into a reality. Let’s take a look at how things can quickly go wrong when your parents try to communicate via text.
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We all love to occasionally share a picture with our loved ones. Sometimes we meet a special someone and want to let our family know, other times we encounter a beautiful vista that we just have to take a picture of. Mothers and
fathers are still getting the hang of the whole “camera on a phone” thing since they grew up in a time when phones and cameras were separate objects. This mother either didn’t realize that her finger was on the camera, or she was taking a picture of a very big fingery view.
We’re not sure what exactly is going on in this text message, but it seems to be a mixture of some really nasty software virus and a ghost haunting the phone. When you hold a key on your phone’s keyboard, you’ll likely see a list of
variant letters you can use. For example, instead of writing the letter ‘e’, you can hold the letter and choose something else such as 'è', 'é', 'ë', or 'ę'. We assume that this is what happened to this mother’s phone, although based on her daughter’s response, it might be something much worse.
One of the worst things about having glasses is the moments where you lose them. The problems that come with partial blindness include the occasional stubbed toe or walking with your arms outstretched like a zombie across your house
as not to bump your head into anything. If you’ve ever tried typing on a phone with your eyes closed, it’s quite a similar experience to doing it without glasses. This mother shows why you shouldn’t type without glasses.
It’s a good thing that this kid has a healthy sense of humor because it might have been highly offensive to most other children. Autocorrect is officially one of the best ways to ruin a relationship. It’s also really easy to say nasty things and blame it on the feature, which we guess is why
Apple and Android never quite got around to fixing its issues.
The “YOLO” trend is an interesting one, having popularized a few words to mean one thing that could easily be interpreted to mean something else. “You only live once,” they say, and so you should live life to the fullest. Take risks!
Be bold! But…if you only have one life, shouldn’t you also protect that one life? Maybe don’t take certain risks? This mom is here to make sure her kid doesn’t “yolo” his one life away.
Money is a great incentive to make your kids do your bidding. Many children learn to value money even before they’re ten years old, although they don’t exactly understand its significance. Kids instinctively like to gather resources,
so when you offer them money to do something, they will. Whether or not this mother actually hid $100 in her daughter’s room, her proposition is quite smart. Although this won’t necessarily make her daughter disciplined all of a sudden, it will get the room cleaned in no time.
Sometimes parents try to learn how to be “hip” and adopt their children’s lingo and mannerisms. These attempts are usually met with a scolding look from the kids and are quite often unsuccessful. This exchange between a mother and
her daughter shows why parents should never attempt to do this. Anything that a parent touches stops being cool, as they are invading the counterculture space of their younger generation. This conversation is one of the most cringeworthy things you’ll read this year. We can only hope that
nobody ever found out who was behind this text exchange.
People think police officers are probably the most strict and uptight mothers and fathers there are. While this may be true in some cases, it actually leads to the exact opposite result in others. Police workers are usually so jaded after a few years in their careers, that it gets very hard for
someone to phase them. This, plus a slightly liberal attitude, must have been the factor that led to this hilarious but
incriminating text exchange.
We’ve already mentioned that fathers seem to have a cold and sarcastic sense of humor that translates quite well in text form. It’s hard to imagine the horrible thoughts that went through this young girls’ mind, but at least her mother ended up getting a prego.
Poop emojis have some of the cutest faces of all the creatures in the emoji library. For some reason, people have managed to make poop a lot cuter than most of the animals in our emoji stack. This mother was so convinced by the beautiful poop, that she thought for a moment she was looking at a
beautiful chocolate cone with a smiling, positive attitude.
We can only say our thanks for having more sophisticated parents than this one right here. While it may be excused that some fathers and mothers can’t find the emojis on a mobile keyboard, there’s no reason to not know where a space
key is. Frankly, if we didn’t know where the space key was, we would be way too embarrassed to ask about it in a text exchange.
Our parents can sometimes surprise us with just how technologically inept they are, although it’s quite understandable why they would be this way. Imagine growing up in a time when changes took decades, only to suddenly be swept up
by more change than you’ve seen in your entire lifetime at once. Sometimes parents don’t exactly know what certain tech words mean, which causes them to confuse a social network like Twitter with a texting app. Hey, at least Mom didn’t think that Twitter was actually a digital bird!
Let’s be frank, some parents have the cutest sayings and comebacks. While most adults choose to discipline their kids with the obligatory “I’m the adult” lecture, some take a more creative approach to this tough feat. Every kid can
appreciate when a parent takes the extra effort to make their moral lessons funny, which is why this Mom is pretty awesome. She has apparently created a character called Bow-tie Man, who has a supreme level of intelligence. This guy doesn’t make mistakes, and they should probably make a
superhero movie about him.
Some parents are absolutely cruel towards their kids. Many of our parents enjoyed scaring each other when they were young kids, but let go of this habit once they realized it was not mature. When Mom or Dad try to scare us in creative ways, it can be quite terrifying, especially for a young
child. Hopefully, the kid didn’t need too much therapy after this incident.
Most people can manage by using only one or two emojis to emphasize their point. Usually, it’s either a smiley, a heart, or a thumbs-up emoji at the end of a sentence that really helps to drive the emotional tone of the message
home. Other people feel the need to use emojis in every single sentence, sometimes even using them to replace the actual words they’re supposed to write. When you take this to its logical extreme, you get whatever it is that’s going on in this text exchange. This kind of convoluted message could
have been a mystery in the "Da Vinci Code", for all intents and purposes.
Kids know a lot more these days than we give them credit for. Their constant connectivity with the internet makes them exposed to various things that we didn’t know until a much later age. This example of an autocorrect and a child
with a dirty mind lead to quite a funny exchange. Hopefully, Dad can improve his anniversary game next year, as these are clearly some important events that need to take place in this couple's relationship.
Parents should strictly avoid phrases that they think are popular, as the case is usually the opposite. There’s nothing less cool than a parent who’s desperately trying to resurrect a classic phrase that was used in the ‘60s.
It’s likely that even back then, people didn't use phrases to seem cool, but instead used these to identify and isolate the nerdiest of the bunch.
Sometimes parents like to tease their kids for their failures and weaknesses. It’s not necessarily a thing they do out of spite or malice, but more like a way to build the child’s character. Getting a great morning message like that, only to have your hopes and dreams crushed by its ending is
quite a sad experience. Hopefully, this daughter took her Mom’s tough love and managed to make the most of it.
We’re sure that this father genuinely wanted to tell his kid that he forgot his cell phone at home. Unfortunately, sometimes we get so attached to our mobiles that we forget that they are not us. The average person spends almost
100% of their day (including their sleep) next to their phone. This is why when someone loses their phone, our first instinct is to call their phone to tell them. Hopefully, the dad realized his error and attempted to contact his kid in some other way. The alternative, where the father didn’t
realize his mistake, is just too scary to imagine.
The texts in this picture start with a loving message from a child to their parent. It quickly turns into a weird dramatic sensation before the mother replies. While many parents can get on board with the idea of having a
touch-based keyboard, not all of them get how it works. This Mom didn’t know where the space key is. Which ended up causing quite a funny situation.
People often have the dilemma of either complimenting their child/spouse for something that they don’t agree with or just telling them the truth at the risk of being offensive. This mother clearly doesn’t care one bit about
offending her daughter, as she breezes past her daughter’s inadequacies like she’s discussing tomorrow’s weather forecast. If there’s one child on this list that most urgently needs some therapy, it’s gotta be this one.
Back in the day, millennials had to use various letters and signs to create their emojis. This was a creative and brave exploration of combining language with artful communication. Many of us remember the time when ‘:-p’ meant
sticking your tongue out and ‘:-o' meant you were surprised. Parents have sort of skipped that generation and gone straight to today’s graphic, done-for-you emojis. Many of them don’t know how to activate and use these, which is what sets the stage for this funny exchange.
It’s always a scary situation when something that looks like a distress signal is communicated. Your entire life can change when your parent evokes something that smells like danger in their text, which is why Mom should probably be
more careful next time in the way she articulates her texts. Hopefully, her daughter updated her that texting the police doesn’t work. But remember, there are no stupid questions… only stupid people.
While some parents feel that they can’t really talk to their children, there are many kids who feel the same way about their parents. Usually, one of the two thinks and talks in more emotional terms, while the other uses logic to
make sense of things. When a parent isn’t fluent in their child’s language, it’s often the children who are in the frustrating position of trying to communicate basic facts. Luckily, these exchanges can still give someone a good laugh, but that depends on their ability to turn an ironic
situation into something funny rather than sad.
Parents sometimes have a certain inability to successfully adopt emojis. At best, the most tech-savvy mothers and fathers usually get as far as learning how to occasionally use the smiley emoji with only a few errors. This exchange shows you exactly why parents should avoid using emojis, as they
have a much larger risk of embarrassing themselves than actually looking cool.
Some children feel free to berate and criticize their parents. These kids have usually been raised as disrespectful teens, and tend to show their frustrations quite vocally. What most teenagers forget though, is that their parents
have been around for much, much longer than they have. This cumulative experience sometimes manifests itself as jokes and comebacks so deep, that they’re on a completely different level. While some parents are absolutely clueless, there are those that will respond to a challenge by proceeding to
drop the mic, leaving you alone to dry.
One cool feature in mobile phones is the ability to turn on a 'Do Not Disturb' mode. This feature allows you to block all incoming calls and automatically send their respective numbers a custom message, explaining that you’re not
available to answer. This Dad probably set his automatic response message to “In a meeting”, which could explain this weird sequence of identical messages. We fail to understand how someone can send the exact same message so many times in any other way. Perhaps the kid’s father just really
didn’t want to talk.
Text messages are a somewhat limited format, and often cause many troubles due to misspellings or accidentally sent messages. This kid told his parents he was gay by accident and luckily found out that his parents are tolerant and
loving. Unfortunately, he also found out that they were sure he was gay all along, which might do a number on his ego and self-image. The mother responded in the best possible way when confronted by her son because everyone knows that “LOL” is the best way to help your child avoid years of
Parents are not exactly the most talented people when it comes to using emojis. With today’s graphic emojis, even fewer people know how to use classic text signs to get their point across. This mother apparently thought that ‘<3’
means ice cream, which is not hard to figure out why. The resulting exchange must have involved a lot of really weird and uncomfortable thoughts. Perhaps instead of going to get an ice-cream cone, it would be a good time to set your kids up with some psychological counseling.
Sometimes parents like to remind their kids just how much they care about them. This is an important habit, as we can’t just assume that others know how much we love them. This father went the exact opposite route and made sure to remind his daughter that he doesn’t miss her at all. Hopefully,
this was just a joke on good terms.
Kids start using their parents as mimicking targets well before they can explain what exactly they are reenacting. You see this in kids pretending to be their mothers and fathers, without having almost any understanding of what the
heck they’re doing. Adults have also adopted that behavior in recent years, and pretend to speak the lingo of the younger generation. While this often results in extremely embarrassing exchanges between parents and kids, it seems to have worked this time. Too bad Mom doesn’t have any idea what
she’s actually saying.
There are few things more annoying in this world than to have your mother try and find you a boyfriend. But to have your Jewish mother go to the dog park and send you pics of prospective husbands is just too hilarious. Apparently,
this mom has been going to the dog park for a while now, and up until this message, her kid didn't know why. Our question is, what did this woman pretend she was doing every time since clearly, she doesn't even own a dog?!
Dads are famous for bad jokes, but judging by this message, moms know their comedy too. You have to admit though, it is kind of hilarious in a very mom kind of way. And to be honest, that seems to be a very modern mom, since she's not only heard the word "crackalaking", she used "lol" too!
Still, we get the kid's response; it's all way too embarrassing when your mom tries to be cool.
We have to say that we love this mom. And to be fair, those dots are the only thing the kid could have replied because that was a successful burn if we ever read one. This mom isn't taking any sass from her teenage son, and we applaud it.
Come on Andy, everybody knows that you should answer your mom after the third time she texts you your name in under 3 seconds. Why? Because she won't stop until you answer. Then again, answering this mom doesn't seem to be getting
Andy anywhere. First, he comes off as a 'grumpus'. Then, he gets a lecture on how phones work. And finally, as he tries to explain to his mom that texts work as a mini-email, everything seems to backfire after his mom asks for his email
address. Never mind, Andy. Just answer the first time she texts.
This mom is determined to get her daughter to call, no matter what. If telling her that she has a missed call, that her sisters had a rough day, or that she and her husband are having pot roast for dinner isn't enough, certainly a
hernia will do the trick. Mothers... knowing how to get what they want since the dawn of time.
Here this kid was trying to figure out what time he was born when mom just decided to be cheeky and throw in a gender joke. Nice one, mom. To be fair, mom did answer the question correctly. Next time, reread your messages before pushing 'send' kid!
Aside from the fact that it is hysterically funny to get a message like this from your mother, it is actually a completely legitimate question. Not to mention considerate with dad. And hey, moms work hard, they deserve to see a picture of Johnny Depp's butt without being judged.
This is definitely one of our favorite texts from this list. Just look at how that brilliant mom manages to be nosy in a very subtle and cute way. Without looking hysterical, she uses the adorable and oh-so-judgmental eyes of the cat to ask why in the hell her kid has condoms in their laundry.
We get Elizabeth. It's hard to resist the temptation of laughing at your mom when she can't stop typing the word "Butt" and somehow thinks you had something to do with it. Because of course, moms always seem to think their kids have
a universal remote control with which they control their phones from afar. No moms, we don't. We wonder how much time it took Elizabeth to tell her om all she had to do was disable the autocomplete feature.
It's bad enough to hit a poor bunny by accident, only to then have your mother tell you you killed Easter! On the other hand, you have to appreciate this mom's dark humor. We sure do. Nothing like mothers, they always manage to somehow lighten up a bad situation, even if it's by making it worse
sometimes. Don't worry, Courtney, we know it wasn't on purpose.
Somebody should really just make a cheat sheet for parents when it comes to text message slang. It seems that this mom chose the worst possible moment to use "lol". Fortunately, David set his mom straight before she kept sending
that message to anybody else! You can't really blame her, though. It makes a lot of sense to think it means "lots of love". We just hope all that people she called back weren't too offended!
This is one very funny example of when autocorrect just doesn't help you at all. It's quite worrying to think that your mom peed in her pants, but the shock passes quickly once you realize what she actually meant to write. Apparently, mom learned how to sew her own clothes, but not how to master
the phone's autocorrect feature. One step at a time mom.
We can definitely understand why this mom would think the poop emoji is a little chocolate kiss with eyes. After all, it does look incredibly similar to Hershey's delicious chocolate kisses. Still, we're happy her kid set her
straight. We can't imagine it being a good thing to have Mumma bear send poop emojis to everybody she knows.
It's incredibly frustrating when you buy a new phone just to find out it's been programmed in an unintelligible language. But when your mom's default text language gets stuck in Chinese, it's just downright hilarious. This mom seems
to be losing her patience and resorting to exclamation marks to communicate. However, judging by this kid's response, they seem to be enjoying this way too much to help her out anytime soon.
Let's face it, not all parents would have reacted like this to their kid getting detention, but we think this mom had the best response ever. To be fair, it is absolutely ridiculous to have your teacher call you an idiot, even if it
is indirectly. So, this kid decided to react accordingly, which was not only hilarious but right. Fortunately, their mom knew it too. Besides, how are you going to ground your kid after making you and your entire office laugh with their wit?! Totally ungrounded!
We are the last people to encourage violence, but we can totally this dad's point. No one will fight for this son better than his dad will, but it's good to know he can fend for himself when his dad is not around. And while we appreciate the vigor here, it does seem like Dad here could use a
session or two of anger management.
When people are having a hard time falling asleep, they often try to read, meditate, or do another low-effort, calming activity. Not this dad, though. When he got a little case of insomnia, he figured he might as well be productive
and make himself useful. He went into the kitchen and got cooking, which honestly, sounds like a dream. The only thing we can't understand is why this kid right here keeps asking questions instead of going downstairs to munch on these lightly fried fish
If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get with my... mom! And we have a feeling that the mom in this text exchange is pretty easy to get with. Playing along with her daughter and their apparent love for the Spice Girls, this mother-daughter duo makes us want to join whatever pizza dinner they're
Ah, autocorrect strikes again. This time the word mix-up likely gave Melissa's mom a mini-heart attack. All Melissa was trying to tell her mom was that she was bringing her friend Doug to Christmas dinner and
not...well...Christmas party favors! It seems that Melissa's mom either didn't understand that autocorrect is to blame or she really doesn't trust her daughter! Hopefully, the Christmas dinner cured any confusion.
Parents always think the most of their children. This mom clearly took it to the next level. She had so much faith in her son that she thought he was in control of Google. We definitely think this kid could've used this misunderstanding to their advantage for a little longer! With luck, this
momma-bear has come to accept the changing Google logo because her kid sadly has no say in stopping it.
Ouch! This one hurt to read. Those of us with siblings surely know that feeling of jealousy when our brother or sister gets the thing that we want. This dad's way of messaging definitely made it seem that his son was about to get a new phone. The only thing worse for this kid is knowing that his
sister is getting the gift instead. That's sure to spark some sibling rivalry!
Like oil and water, parents and text acronyms just don't mix. This mom is no exception to the rule. Sure WTF could stand for the days of the week but it doesn't. It stands for a phrase that's far less polite! At least we know that this mom wasn't cussing out her kid. Instead, she was just
wondering when she'd see him next.
My my, how the tables have turned! It seems like this kid caught her dad out as opposed to the other way round. This father's failure to pick up on a typo aired out his smoking secret. Seems as if our parents may not be as squeaky clean as we think they are!
This dedicated dad was just trying to get his kid the right deodorant. Now we aren't entirely... sure... if this is a dad joke or a genuine text misunderstanding. Either way, it's hilarious! Let's hope that his kid got the deodorant he was after and his body odor woes were sorted!
Someone get this dad a medal. He somehow managed to squeeze, not one, but two dad jokes in this very short text conversation with his kid. The second joke understandably would make any kid want to move out of the house STAT. Hit the gas kid and get out of there!
While parents have unconditional love for their children, it doesn't mean they can't get annoyed by their offspring from time to time. This dad made a pretty common texting error, he sent a message to the wrong person. What's less common is your child getting a glimpse of the not-so-loving
nickname you call them with your spouse.
Oof, what started out as an average message turned into a fatherly lecture about the importance of family. Not to mention that this dad casually tried to bring his death into the conversation. That's certainly a terrible tactic to
get your kids to reunite. Talk about guilt-tripping! Maybe they ought to take inspiration from "Frozen" and "let it go!"
We're all about being comfortable around your family, but there are just some things that your kids should never see! Sexy pictures between you and your spouse are one of them. There's no doubt that this dad will get a stern talking-to from his wife. The topic? How to delete images before giving
your kid your old phone. It's common sense people!
An important part of parenting is helping your kids navigate through the weird and wonderful world of love. This kid was just reaching out for some fatherly advice but didn't exactly get what he was looking for. Instead, he got his dad's sarcastic suggestion. Not very helpful! We can only hope
that this kid eventually figured out a way to talk to girls that didn't involve a bucket of glitter.
We wonder if this miscommunication between father and child was all due to typos, autocorrect, or a dad trying to be funny. Either way, these messages make little sense. However, we could all take a class in confidence from this father. The way he stuck to his guns about his mysterious messages
is certainly one way to back yourself!
Wow... where do we even begin to unpack these messages? What we find particularly funny is how the texts appear to escalate in the craziness and then come right back down to earth with a hearty Christmas question. What a roller
coaster ride! From the lack of replies, we assume that isn't her kid's first rodeo when it comes to this mother's eclectic messaging style.
Sound the alarm! It's another dad joke. Just as this unfortunate recipient learned, dad jokes are everywhere. You'll hear them in your house, on your way to school, and now even on your phone! I think we speak for everyone when we say that this dad should have stopped at "You can tuna piano, but
you can't piano a tuna." The glue part of the joke just didn't stick the landing!
Band names are notorious for being random and not having anything to do with music. So we can't really fault this mom for not being completely clued up on TwentyOne Pilots the band. Sure, a concert is great and all but it's not every day you see twenty-one real pilots. Now that's a show we'd
like to see!
This kid has a lot of explaining ahead of her. Trying to get your parents to understand basic texting is one thing, but explaining emojis (a pictogram you can send instead of words) is a whole other challenge. Both mother and daughter will need a lot of time, patience, and heart emojis to get
Firstly we're impressed that this mom knows how to send a GIPHY! Secondly, we're impressed by just how "gr8" her choice of GIPHY is. Say what you want, but at least she's trying to connect with her kid, even if the lingo is a little outdated.
No matter how old we get, our mothers will always worry about us. Even if it means worrying about what can happen to us during a quick walk down the street. Kids have to leave the nest at some point, and with that, moms have to learn to let their kids fly. Even if it's just 10ft!
We can only imagine what dinner conversation (and what dinner drinks) prompted this cringy question from Megan's mom. The fact that her mom included "LMAO" makes this motherly message even more hilarious! We're sure they had a lot to talk about during dessert.
You have to feel a little sorry for this father. He had to have been disappointed that instead of getting a gift from his daughter, he just got the realization that he misunderstood her message. An easy fix for this mess would be for Nicole to order another coat, maybe a few sizes bigger for her
dad. Awkwardness averted!
This message is certainly cuter than it is cringe-inducing! If emojis could talk (and had feelings) we're sure they would thank this loving mother for including them in her texts. This kid is lucky to have such a wonderful caring mother. If she cares about emojis this much we can only imagine
the way she cares about her family.
You have to appreciate that Melissa's father wanted to let her know not only who the text was from but what device it was from as well. Why Melissa's dad thought this information was important we'll never know. What we do know is this father's text fumble couldn't be more adorable!
Autocorrect. The spelling tool we all love to hate and hate to love. Without it, we wouldn't get gems like this conversation about Burger King, or "Bushes King," according to this mother's autocorrect. Ah, but it didn't stop there! Somehow autocorrect thought that "I an going to horn the shower
now" made sense. Let's just hope that the two were eventually able to understand one another and share a "meat in a roll" meal at
Anyone with siblings will be able to relate to a parent mixing up their children. Luckily for Selma (and for us), she was able to catch her parent doing so in writing. We have a feeling that ice cream was on the parents this time.
It's easy to forget at times that our parents may not understand some of the slang terms we use. This seems to be what happened with this kid and their mom. Now that this mom has learned a new phrase, we're pretty sure "killed it" is going to pop up in her future messages.
Seems like Libby's dad needs to catch up on the latest "lingo (another word for a particular jargon)." In this dad's defense, "get this bread" isn't exactly an easy phrase to decode. Well, guess you do learn something new every day! Even if it's just the word "lingo."
Gone are the days where all communication was letter bound! With the technological revolution that is instant messaging, be it on our phones or laptops, there is no longer a need to sign your name after each message you send.
This convenient fact however hasn't reached everyone. We sort of still hope that the next message this parent sent included their name, even if it was just to get on their kid's nerves.
PSA: Call or message your parents back! Our lives get so busy that it's easy to leave our parents on read. It'll only take a couple of minutes (or hours depending on how chatty your parents are) to catch up and let them know you're doing well. Crossing fingers that this parent got a message
If you haven't seen your folks in a while, it's always a nice idea to send them a picture. Seems that this kid had the same idea. Unfortunately, the kind gesture became the butt of a (rather funny) dad-joke. Don't worry kid, it's happened to the best of us!
We owe a lot to our mothers. At the very least they carried us around for 9 months and brought us into the world. So you can't blame this mom for wanting to remind her kid of that very fact every now and then. Talk about a life lesson!