Listening To Your Kids

Guest Blog Post From Modified Motherhood

listening to your kids

I spotted this image on Facebook today. It’s something that strikes a chord within me, because I try to sit down and really listen to my kids as many times a day as time allows. Listening to your kids is important. 

listening to your kids

Do I sometimes listen with half an ear while I’m making dinner? Sure do. While driving, reading, doing laundry, or whatever? Yep. But when I ask them after school how their day was and what they did, or when we’re eating dinner, or when I’m not doing something that needs my attention and they have to tell me something now or the world will explode (hey, you never know), I try my hardest to remember to sit down and look them in the eyes and really listen and hear what they are telling me.

One day they are going to want to tell me something more important (to me) than about what Spongebob said or whatever stupid thing is going on. One day they are going to want to talk to me about drugs, or sex, or bullying*, or smoking, or going on their first date, or driving, or whatever is more important than Spongebob. And I want them to know I am going to sit down, and look them in the eyes, and be 100% present in the conversation and be comfortable having that discussion with me and know I will listen and do my best to understand whatever it is. And if that starts with Spongebob, so be it.

*side note. We’ve totally had talks about bullying, sex, and drugs. And I am proud to say with more than one child. And each one was totally comfortable not only having those conversations, but starting them, and that is so crazy important. So listen up, listen good, and like Ru says, don’t fuck it up. That’s your future you’re listening to.

Listening to your kids is important. In this Voices of Parenting Feature, Jenn from Modified Motherhood  dives into the topic of how much are we actually listening

This blog post Listening was originally posted on Modified Motherhood.

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Jenn has been described as “the archetype of the next generation matriarch” – whatever that means. She resides in not-so-sunny south Florida. With her children working on being nearly grown, she dreams about living in a tiny house almost anywhere else. Jenn runs the technical aspect of Punky Moms. Whenever there is a tech problem, she fixes it. She is the great and powerful Oz.

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