Sometimes teens can act in ways that are, well, um, maybe ever-so-slightly entitled? A wee bit exasperating? And do they ever look up from their phones?! We love 'em, of course, but one dad's text retort to his 18-year-old daughter's "career advice" has gone viral because all parents can relate to wanting to open their teens' eyes to what is going on outside of Snapchat, just once in a while.
Meteorologist Chris Holcomb of NBC Atlanta station WXIA was in the studio preparing for a storm headed their way last weekend when his teenager, Claire, questioned whether his predictions were accurate.
"The weather app says it's not gonna snow," Claire texted her father, to which Holcomb simply replied, "Thank you. Maybe the weather app will pay for your college."
When Holcomb posted the exchange to Twitter, it was retweeted more than 51,000 times and liked over 150,000 times.
"Here we have these kids who are so tied into their phones and their technology so she was looking at that rather than listening to her meteorologist dad," Holcomb told Today.com about why he thinks his simple text resonated with so many parents.
I think it's because our kids don't realize how much we do for them and we so wish they would. Sometimes I wonder if my children think a magical fairy comes in and replaces the toilet paper roll, and makes sure they have clean clothes, and oh, don't forget the money fairy who just drops wads of cash into your bank account without you having to do anything!
It's normal, though, to not fully appreciate your parents. I know I didn't when I was a teen. I also thought I knew everything, much like today's teens, and that was even before cell phones! I can't even imagine how "brilliant" I'd have been if I'd had access to a weather app, and every other knowledge-gathering tool known to man.
So Claire, we've been there. But Chris, can we get a high five?
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Find her on Facebook where she chronicles her life momming under the influence. Of coffee.