March 2019 Edition
The story is told of a mother who came home after a long day at work. Her little girl ran out of the house to greet her. “Mommy, Mommy, wait until I tell you what happened today!”
After listening for a moment, the mother said the rest of the story could wait while she got dinner started. During the meal, the other family members’ stories were longer and their voices were louder. Once again the little girl tried after dinner, but then it was time to get ready for bed.
Mom came to tuck her little girl in and listen to her say her prayers. As she bent down to tousle the little one’s curls and kiss her soft cheek, the child looked up and asked, “Mommy, do you really love me if you don’t have time to listen to me?”
It’s so important to listen to our children, and encourage them to talk about themselves. Listening sometimes shouts “I love you” more than a thousand words. It says, loudly and clearly, “You are important to me.”
Of course, I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know. Just a little reminder … one parent to another … listening shouts “I love you!” to a child.
A proud dad,