I understand that as teens become the little aliens they are, there is a communication breakdown. Sometimes, getting more than a grunt can be considered success.
I've tried to take special care in always keeping the communication lines open between me & son. At times it's been tough, especially when what I communicate isn't what son wants to hear, which has been more often the case than not.
Recent commercials I've seen on TV are hitting too close to home. You know the ones I'm talking about, with the kids speaking in text message. Grandma even gets in on the action with "ONYD!" (Oh no you didn't). I bet a lot of parents can relate to those ads.
I've recently become victim myself.
Case in point:
I was on the couch in the living room watching TV. Son was in his bedroom, 10 feet away, thumbs blazing away on his phone. Rather than shout through the wall, I picked up my phone and texted him "Are you going to eat dinner?" His response "LOL, not hungry yet".
How low I have sunk.