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Review: Crazy Things Parents Text

December 20, 2011

Parents who are old enough to have a child with a cell phone probably didn’t grow up with technology, so many struggle with it a bit, but that generally doesn’t keep them from trying.  Parents and text messages don’t always mix and the results can be hilarious.  Stephen and Wayne Miltz started  Crazy Things Parents Text, a web site where people can submit text messages they’ve received from their parents.   They’ve taken some of the funniest and created a book by the same name.

Crazy Things Parents Text is a quick read since it’s nothing but text messages.  I found myself laughing as I read this book.  I could relate to a few of the texts – those sent to the wrong person or those asking for help, like this one:

Dad: Where is my Droid.

Me: In your hand if you’re texting me.

Dad: Right.  Carry on.

I was rather surprised at how many of the texts are sexual in nature – some are downright crude – and I couldn’t help but wonder if parents really talk to their kids that way.  This is an example of a mild text:

Me: Happy Birthday Dad! Did you get anything good?

Dad: Yep

Me: What did you get?

Dad: Lucky

Is that information you’d share with your child?  I also thought some of the texts were rather demeaning, like this one:

Mom: Where are you? It’s past midnight. Respect your curfew.

Me: I’m at the store.

Mom: Store? The only thing open past midnight are your legs.

Me: Wow thanks.

That’s not to say I didn’t think parts of the book were funny – I definitely did.  I often laughed and then felt guilty about it.  I’m still having trouble accepting that many of them were texts parents sent to their children.  Be sure to check out the web site if you think you might be interested in this book.  As an aside, my copy of the book came apart as I read it.

Review copy provided by Sourcebooks.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
30 Comments leave one →
  1. December 20, 2011 6:46 am

    This really does sound pretty cheesy to me. I couldn’t imagine a conversation like that with my kids kidding or not .

  2. December 20, 2011 7:55 am

    It’s one thing to talk about sex with your kids and it’s a completely different thing to have those kinds of inappropriate conversations, and especially via text! I can see how some of the book would be humorous though.

    • December 20, 2011 9:59 am

      I agree with Anna here that some of these texting conversations are wildly inappropriate! Sounds like an interesting book.

  3. December 20, 2011 8:31 am

    My daughter has shared things with me from this website. I really have to agree that often both parties in these exchanges come off looking kind of ridiculous — or worse. But it is good for a giggle every once in a while. Thanks for the review!

  4. December 20, 2011 8:54 am

    I can’t believe some of those excerpts that you posted! I would never talk to my kids that way about sex, text or not, and am kind of surprised that some would! I am not sure this book is for me…it might make me a little mad!

  5. December 20, 2011 9:07 am

    That last one was pretty shocking!

  6. kaye permalink
    December 20, 2011 9:08 am

    I know definitely this book wouldn’t be for me. I can’t imagine the type of parent that would text things like that to their kids. Ridiculous! I guess I really am an old fuddy-duddy.

  7. December 20, 2011 9:32 am

    I agree, I don’t know if I’d be texting my kids this sort of thing. I don’t text. It’s just too pricey here. Heck I’m just learning to retrieve my messages. (unsuccessfully I might add)

  8. December 20, 2011 9:38 am

    Maybe I’m wrong, but I just can’t believe a parent would say such things. I dunno … It wouldn’t surprise me that some of the supposed texts were made up for shock value.

  9. December 20, 2011 10:05 am

    My parents would never say anything like that….wow

    They are also afraid of text messages.

  10. December 20, 2011 10:05 am

    Happily, when my children were children the cell phone didn’t exist !
    I can’t believe that a mother write such things to her daugther !

  11. December 20, 2011 10:32 am

    Parent-child relationships sure have changed! Yikes. Still some of the texts on the website are funny.

  12. December 20, 2011 10:35 am

    I was cracking up reading the texts you included. Although, I have to admit I was surprised at how sexual some of them were – considering they are from parents to their kids. Not sure I’ll read this one, but I could see getting this for a friend of mine – who does text her daughter. I’m sure she’d get a kick out of it 🙂

  13. December 20, 2011 12:48 pm

    OMG there is no way I would say those things to my kid! Not nice.

  14. December 20, 2011 1:03 pm

    Wow! That the “only thing open is your legs” text is harsh.

    I agree with you Kathy. Those sound way inappropriate.

    I wouldn’t mind reading the book though. i get pretty funny texts from my parents on a regular basis. (The funny ones always involve abbreviating words that don’t need to be abbreviated. Some of them end up resembling Morse code or a foreign language. lol)

  15. December 20, 2011 2:00 pm

    I’ve heard about this and I think it would be a fun silly read. But maybe I’ll check out the web site first. That first excerpt just cracked me up!

  16. December 20, 2011 3:35 pm

    They are funny…but yes no way my parents would have said that to me

  17. December 20, 2011 4:46 pm

    This sounds like a good one to read with a glass of wine your hand!

  18. December 20, 2011 6:51 pm

    Woah… I can’t even imagine some of that! Definitely not something my mother would text. Though she does text yes 🙂

  19. December 20, 2011 7:49 pm

    You picked some doozies to feature! I’m sure there were some cute ones too!

  20. December 21, 2011 6:13 am

    Yikes! I wouldn’t *ever* text anything like that to my parents nor would my parents think to text those types of comments to me. Egads!

  21. December 21, 2011 1:43 pm

    Your book came apart as you read it?! That’s the most disturbing thing about this whole review (though some of those texts are really questionable).

  22. December 21, 2011 5:03 pm

    Um, yeah — I’m 26 and would flip out if I got a text like that from my mom or dad! Lordy!

  23. December 22, 2011 12:44 pm

    I think this sounds like it could be funny but I too have a hard time believing a parent would send a text like that to their kids.

  24. December 22, 2011 2:04 pm

    The idea, concept sounds funny especially when I think about how clueless some of the older and elderly people I’ve known can be about new technology and computers, the internet etc.
    Some of the texts are very funny but I have a hard time believing a mother made that comment to her child in the last one you included…
    I’m going to check out the website, though!

  25. December 23, 2011 1:37 am

    I hadn’t heard of that webpage so I wandered over there and I see what you mean. However… I suspect some of those text messages are made up.

  26. December 23, 2011 11:23 pm

    I don’t think I believe those last two were texted by parents. And if they were I think the parent might have some boundary issues! 🙂

  27. December 24, 2011 9:18 pm

    I would never text anything sexual to my children, but I’m sure that this one would have me laughing 😀

  28. December 25, 2011 8:58 pm

    I bought a very similar book for Teen son who is not a reader. Was delighted to see him reading it this afternoon! Whatever it takes!

  29. December 29, 2011 3:11 pm

    How horrible that your copy came apart! I love texts like these, there are a couple of different blogs/facebook sites I follow that do this and I’m always laughing. Even when I think the texts are rather crude, I still can’t help laughing.

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