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We were all beginners once…

The advent of text messaging has taken the world by storm since its initiation circa 1992 (earlier than you thought, I bet!). From smartphones right back to the old bricks; texting has become everyone’s fave form of communication.

However, when the power of the lack of pen is placed in the wrong hands, it can lead to untold disaster. And of course, the wrong hands are more often than not the parents, who, unlike us Gen Yers, didn’t grow up with an iPhone in their hands. As such, parents texting attempts often make for great comedic fodder. And on that note, here are 17 of the very best, or should we say worst…?

1. This unashamed admission of bodily functions

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The most unfortunate thing about this exchange is that the word ‘urinated’ was sent not once, but twice.

2. This abysmal use of abbreviation

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Perhaps, as with every new skill, parents should research how to use youthful colloquialisms before sending them in writing.

3. This surprisingly astute father

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At least he’s taking a genuine interest in his daughter’s evident passion…?

4. This expert in popular culture

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Although this may seem like a nonsensical comparison at first glance, sadly I can see the resemblance.

5. This sad display of negligence

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In ten years time, this unfortunate offspring will still remember the day their mother forgot their Walmart trip. Precious memories should not be so easily discarded.

6. This multicultural mother

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I’m gonna say it was the mother who was actually in the zone here. I mean, how do we know she doesn’t speak Mandarin?

7. This psychological war

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If you’re going to deter your child from wasting time on their smartphone during school hours, this is definitely the way to do it.

8. This complete miscommunication

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There are really no words for this one. Except #facepalm.

9. This colossal misunderstanding

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I admire the mother’s ardent tenacity and the child’s gentle patience. She’ll get the hang of it eventually!

10. This act of cruelty

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I…just…no. Just NO!!!

11. This example of good intentions gone wrong

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Don’t be too judgmental; there are all sorts of ways to express affection.

12. This adorable rookie texter

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Perhaps this mother is speaking in code and it’s her kid who’s lacking in understanding.

13. This mortifying exchange

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I’m guessing after this debacle they had trouble making eye contact for at least a week.

14. This despicable TMI

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It’s nice to know this dad is brimful of confidence in his own prowess…

15. This proud papa

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After reading this through a few times I am now craving lightly fried fish fillets. Preferably salmon. Waiter? Waiter!

16. This failed attempt at romance

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Who the eff gives their wife a Swiffer for their anniversary anyway?!

17. This cataclysmic mistake

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“Dearest friends and family, we gather here today to mourn the loss of…BAHAHAHAHAAA!”

Images via buzzfeed.com and justsomething.co

Comment: Have you ever had an awkward or hilarious text message exchange with a parent?