While texting the other day, I realized it takes me longer to text than most people. And then I figured out my problem…I use punctuation and grammar!
Now, I know sometimes I overly use punctuation when writing. It is only because I want the reader to pause, and put the same emphasis on the words. So if I am texting and all my words run together, will the reader still understand the context of my message? Can you see where I am going?
Kids need to learn to utilize punctuation and grammar when doing any form of writing. Because if not, we will have a generation grow up with thoughts and writings all blobbed together. Even Charlie Brown’s teacher emphasized her blah, blah, blahs. And you understood.
I found a site which illustrates the importance of punctuation and grammar in our lives.
Some of the pictures are a little grown up, but you are an adult.
Another point to be made…
Can you imagine the younger generation’s translation of the bible? Let’s try Matthew 4:23-25…
Jesus went throughout galilee teaching in their synagogues preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness among the people news about him spread all over syria and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases those suffering sever pain the demon possessed those having seizures and the paralyzed and he healed them large crowds from galilee large crowds from galilee the decapolis jerusalem judea and the region across the jordan followed him
OK, that was hard to type, much less try to read. We become so hurried in this life, we believe leaving out a few “periods” or “commas” won’t make a difference. We even believe it will help us to be faster and more productive. REALLY?
I relate it to rush hour traffic and the person who blows past you to get ahead. Swerving in and out of the lanes, pushing on the gas, and then slamming on the brakes! Only to find themselves sitting right beside you at the red light.
Remember, your children imitate what they see you doing! You don’t have to give them a punctuation or grammar lesson with every text and/or message. Use it yourself in your texts and messages. And if you needed, show them their texts with the words running together and the meaning lost in translation.
Communication is our strongest ally with our children and others in life. The way we communicate is how we are perceived. Above all else…Communicate Love!
God Bless You!
God Bless America!