Saturday, March 19, 2011

A friend of mine posted this quote on facebook today and I've been thinking about it all day.
"Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you, no matter what. If you don't listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won't tell you the big stuff when they are big, because to them all of it has always been big stuff." - Catherine M. Wallace
On this particular day, I think I listened. They wanted a fort. So we build one. It was a fun day. Now if I can just try my hardest to live it. Thanks E! You are always so insightful.


MartinCrew said...
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Sydney said...

This is so true. Listening now, does make it easier for children to tell you things later. It becomes a wonderful habit for the child to tell things and for the parent to listen. Sometimes,as children become older, the things they tell you give you a nice "shock" (ha), but, they are in the habit of telling you things that go on at school, at church, at their little jobs, etc. You will know things about their lives that you otherwise would not know. Especially, in times of need or trouble. They will feel they have a safe and loving place to run to, when needs be.I think it builds confidence in them, towards you as a parent. I guess it builds trust. Also, (ha) practice your game face...meaning, just my opinion, but, when kids see parents look shocked or freak out or over react to what they tell them, they tend to hold back or hesitate to tell things later. xo

Honeybee said...

Love that! Cute picture of the kiddos too :) They do grow up soooo fast.