I have a confession that embarrasses me. I interrupt my kids. Like, all the time. They just tell such long stories, about people at school I don’t know…or things that happened at lunch I don’t understand…or stories they’ve made up which have no real ending ever.
Sometimes it’s necessary to interrupt, like when the bell rings and they need to get to class or when I really have to go to the bathroom. But if I get right down to it, often I do it because I’m not interested and I want to talk about something else and I’m bigger and louder and so I can.
My goal this month is to relish the fact that my kids actually want to talk to me. To slow down and realize they need me to engage in conversation and not just shut them down when it’s more convenient or more interesting to do something else. To make them feel valued and important. Quite simply — to not interrupt.
This post is part of a 31 day series on ways to connect simply with your children. Nothing expensive. Nothing complicated. Simple. You can read more posts here.