come to think of it, that’s a great idea

I was interviewed a few weeks ago for an AP story. The reporter emailed me and asked me for stories about all the times I’d used email or text messaging to communicate with my husband without the kids knowing what we were saying. Kind of like our parents used to spell, or use Pig Latin.

“Well, I’ve never done that,” I replied honestly. “But my God, I’ll start doing it now.”

Seriously, is that not a genius idea? There is one drawback, which is that I’m trying very hard to put the iPhone away whenever my kids are around. I don’t want them to think all adults dicker with a tiny screen 24/7- and as glued as my husband is to his BlackBerry (and I to my iPhone), I think that’s the impression my kids get.

So if I text my husband on the phone about the kids so they won’t hear me, I also don’t want them to see me doing it. This is getting more complicated then I thought. 

Anyway, I was able to contribute a story about emailing my husband in the car so the baby wouldn’t wake up.  Here’s the article: Parents using text, IM, email to avoid kid ears.  And I’m curious: have you ever done this? If not, are you tempted to give it a try now?

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Roxane B. Salonen May 3, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Amy, my husband hasn't generally been much of a computer guy. I was highly disappointed when email came along and, despite my attempts to communicate with him this way, he didn't respond in kind. That said, he's now started to both respond (with brief notes) to email, and through texting, which seems to work well, too, because he is often either in meetings or on the phone at work. Sometimes texting is the only way that makes sense if I want to communicate with him at all during the day. And with five busy kids in our household, there's so much going on in a given day that I can't be cut off entirely. I guess I'm glad for the options.


JoJo May 3, 2010 at 3:59 pm

We've never done this because we usually just spell things out. However, my stepson is 6 and is learning in school how to sound things out and recently he's been able to figure out what we're talking about. I will definitely give texting a try when necessary. After all you just can't say certain words (like DISNEYLAND) out loud!


Amy Wilson May 3, 2010 at 5:35 pm

well, I will say that emailing/texting is our chosen means of communication during the day. My husband is too busy at work to chit-chat… and frankly, so am I! I'd much rather hit him with an email then be put on hold while he finishes a conference call. And I'm much more likely to hear back from him quickly. In that way, we communicate a lot with the ol'two-thumbs method.


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