If you’re a parent and you’re tired of priorities making you “too busy” for your kids, this formula is just what you need. Don’t let the “crunch of time” steal precious moments between you and your children.
I know listening takes time. It’s hard when your mind is flooded with things to do. It isn’t easy to wait for your chatterbox to develop her ideas. When you’re busy, you may wish she’d leave you alone.
Being distracted now and then won’t hurt. But if not listening becomes a habit, don’t be surprised if your child stops confiding in you. Then imagine the turbulent teenage years. Who will your child be confiding in then?
What Will You Say?
If your child wants to talk, or asks you to attend a game, or to go to a school event, what will you say? Consider this 3 Question Formula first:
The 3 Question Formula:
1. If I don’t listen to my child, will it be important 10 minutes from now?
2. If I don’t listen to my child, will it be important 10 months from now?
3. If I don’t listen to my child, will it be important 10 years from now?
Your child thirsts for your attention. To listen attentively is your gift of love.
You Can Make This Promise to Yourself:
“I will listen to my child. I will look into her eyes. I will ask questions to clarify and show my interest. I will repeat some of her words to keep her talking because my time is love.” You can make this promise to yourself. I know you can.
Build your relationship now! Become her confidant forever!
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