Parenting Advice To Myself

August 20, 2007

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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30 Comments on “Parenting Advice To Myself”

August 20, 2007
6:46 am

Grace said:

Thanks! That was a tough competition. I wanted to back out when you joined at the last minute! :-)

My parenting advice (to myself) is, to get my hands off the keyboard when my daughter is talking, no matter who is online. Once, I was chatting mith my brother in Tokyo and my daughter spoke, I answered, talking to her while still typing.

She pushed the keyboard aside and told me, “type later, mama”. I froze.

August 20, 2007
12:10 pm

maria said: