I have a bad habit.
Whenever I’m busy or distracted, I don’t always listen to what Girlie Girl is saying. Yes, I admit it. Sometimes I’ll even answer without hearing the entire question. My usual response? “I don’t know.”
Then today, she said to me, “But Mommy, I thought you knew everything.” That stopped me in my tracks.
Do I really want her to grow up thinking that I don’t know anything, or worse yet, don’t care about what she’s saying? Soon she’ll be old enough to figure out that I probably wasn’t even listening to her. Then what? Will she stop coming to me with her questions? Don’t get me wrong. It’s not like I never listen to her. We try to set aside time every day to just sit down and talk about “stuff”, whether it be about school or a new movie coming out.
One thing I’ve always stressed was open communication. I tell her that she should be able to come to me and tell me anything. Well then, maybe I better start paying closer attention to her, especially during the times when it may not be very convenient. Or at the very least, let her finish her question before I say, “I don’t know.”
What’s your best parenting advice?
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