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The secret to staying relevant with kids and grandkids

Just ask the grandkids
Dear university bound grandchild

How do I get to be relevant in his world, I asked? My grandson’s reply was: text me

Can you imagine if, today, Alexander Graham Bell picked up the phone to call his kids and had to leave a message for them?

Leaving messages on the phone for our kids or grandkids is the proverbial, whistling in the wind.

No one hears it.

A few months ago, I talked about the importance of being relevant. What I didn’t talk about was how to be relevant with your kids and grandkids.

I needed an expert to help me with this question—a wise person who knows all and would take the time to teach me his ways, and be more in touch with my surroundings. Where is this wise person?

Would I have to travel to far off locations and learn the secrets?

As I began packing my bags, and ‘Google Mapping’ this sacred place, I realized — let me just ask my grandson…

How do I get to be relevant in his world, I asked? His reply was: text me.

You heard it, folks. The reality is that the telephone has now become a piece of surplus, like the fedora hats our fathers used to wear every day.

When a client said to me the other day that he does not know how to communicate with his grandson anymore, I said, text him! No more lengthy phone messages—just text him. You will be amazed at how fast he gets back to you.

Wow, the surprise on my client’s face. The big secret has now been revealed… If you want to stay relevant with the grandkids, and even your kids, learn to talk in their language – and that means texting.

Take my advice for what it is… It’s Just, AS I SEE IT!

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About the Author: Leonard F. Baer

Leonard Baer's practice focuses on Elder Law, and Estate Planning. His previous experience was in the area of complex criminal litigation, serving as Deputy Chief of the Major Crimes Division for The United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida. Mr. Baer was recognized by the Office of The Attorney General, as one of the top prosecutors in the country during his tenure. He has been included in North Carolina Top Rated Lawyers, a distinction awarded to those lawyers recognized by their colleagues as leaders in their field. He has also been recognized by the Florida Bar, for his efforts in representing seniors and their families, who are victims of scams and fraud. Mr. Baer is an AV rated lawyer listed in Martindale-Hubbell, and has been selected for inclusion in their Bar Registrar of Preeminent Lawyers, which for over 90 years, includes only those select law practices that have earned their highest rating. He has been designated by Martindale-Hubbell as preeminent in his field, and in the top 5% of all lawyers practicing in the United States. Mr. Baer has also been ranked by AVVO, an online Legal Directory of over 200,000 lawyers nationally, as Superb, their highest rating. He served as adjunct professor of Sports Law at The University of Miami, and is a frequent lecturer on the topics of Elder Law, Estate Planning, Asset Protection and Fraud Protection. He has been a columnist for several newspapers for over 13 years and currently has a nationally syndicated blog, “As I See It” with a readership of over 25,000. Leonard is a Guest Contributor of The Silver Life and has recently launched a new service called SuddenlySolo1 -

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