Am I Available?
There is a quote by Catherine Wallace, which has impacted me as a mom of young children, “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 wont tell you the big stuff when they are big, because to them all of it has always been big stuff..” There are so many times where it is so easy to get busy with life and brush off things that we don’t deem important but we forget how important the little things may be to our children. We may get tired of answering the “whys” or listening to the middle school “drama” but listening to all the small stuff allows our children to know that they can come to us with the big stuff. When our response is “that’s not a big deal” or “when I was your age” it can make our children feel like we don’t’ understand what they are going through. There may be times that we need to stop what we are doing, sit down and make sure that they know we take them seriously. Whether that is eye contact with your small child when they are asking a question or going for a drive for some “one on one time” with your older child who needs to talk. Make sure to be intentional to communicate that you are always available for them to talk.