Couples not getting along, workplace strife, children whining. Have you noticed that the root cause of many problems is lack of communication? We can never spend enough time practicing our listening and speaking skills at work, church, or home. The problem is that we have gotten so busy that we don’t have time to sit down and talk when we are rushing from event to event. I will be the first one to admit I am too busy. Unfortunately busyness can cause us to miss out on one of the best parts of parenting — sitting together and talking with our kids.
Whether we are teaching our children some of his first words, asking about his school day at dinner, or having “The Talk” about the birds and the bees, talking with our kids is so important. I am at the stage in parenting where my children ask lots of questions — about everything — to the point where it can be tiring! But I am careful to answer questions because I know that the time will soon come when my children will hit those teenage years and be more reserved.
Yesterday Christopher and I talked for nearly two hours while we watched Jonathan play in a baseball game. We talked about everything from baseball to silly April Fool’s Day jokes, but it was precious time together.
In the “Parenting Matters” editorial for the April 2009 issue of ParentLife, I talk about other great times we talk together as a family.
What are some of the great conversations you have had with your kids? Do they surprise you at the insights they have and the questions they ask? Post a comment and let us hear from you!