I recently had my daughter Olivia write, not text, a personal Thank You card to everyone who gave her a gift for her 16th Birthday. I thought this was a good way for her to show appreciation to her family and friends and for her to appreciate each gift as she writes a personal note. We went out and bought the cards she liked and then I gave her return labels with her name on them to place on the envelopes. I sat with her at the table to get her to write out the cards because I knew she would need some motivational help to get started.
I gave her the list of names and an address book. As I got up to leave, she said, “I just have to put the zip codes on the envelope right, not the city and state?” I thought she was kidding. I asked, “You’re kidding right? Do you not know how to address an envelope?” She said, “No, I don’t write letters. I just put the number on my phone to talk with someone.”
I was dumbfounded. I couldn’t believe my newly 16-year-old daughter did not know how to address an envelope? How could that be? Was this my fault?The school? Teachers? How can these teenagers not know how to write and address an envelope? Has technology taken over every aspect of our lives, down to a handwritten envelope?
Well, after I realized she didn’t know, I showed her and told her I was so glad she was doing this if not for showing gratitude but learning how to address an envelope!
Have these teenagers gotten so far into technology that they are getting further and further away from the simple common things that for years and decades were common sense to dos – tell time with a clock, address an envelope, sew, use a land line, talk to people not text, etc.. etc..
I am now on a mission to get my daughter to do the simple things that I and generations before me grew up doing — whether it be more letter writing or just picking up the home phone and talking with her grandmother. I do NOT want Olivia not knowing how to do these things.
Next week she leaves for NY to visit relatives and I told her to send me a postcard each week not a text! I want my daughter to appreciate the things that no longer exist but are important for her to grow as a person.
I’m interested in knowing if any other parent has “addressed” this issue with their teen. Have you had similar conversations?