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Swift to hear, slow to speak

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Do you ever have one of those days where you are super busy and trying to be productive around the house…but when you get to the end of the day, you realize that you actually miss your kids?

If you’re like me, you may have spent all day in the same house as them, but your interactions were limited and shallow because you were so “busy.”

I’ve been reading Little Women.  Somehow, I missed out on that classic earlier in life.  I just LOVE the relationship that Mrs. March has with her daughters.  I love that she has a true friendship with them.  I love that they sit together sewing, knitting, mending every night and talk.  Most times, it’s just chatter about their days, and Marmee (as the girls call her) is quiet and listens.  But every now and then, a teaching moment pops up and she imparts wisdom and grace to her daughters as they sit around the fire with busy hands.  

I thought about how precious those moments must have been for the mother.  And I thought about how I hope that my children can come to me and share little tidbits about their days and little glimpses into their hearts.  

My children are still young, but I hope that they already know that I care about what they have to say.  I hope that I don’t domineer them by always talking, always teaching, always commanding.  I hope that I can foster an environment in our home that they can talk to me and their dad about what’s bothering them…even if it is something small right now like how their little brother chewed on their favorite action figurine.  🙂

This reminds me of the Scripture that reminds us to be swift to hear and slow to speak.  

Now, I highly doubt that my family will sit around sewing, knitting and mending at night while we share our daily highlights.  But, we can take little moments throughout the day to listen to our children.  We can enjoy hearing about life from their pint-sized perspectives while we prepare a meal, before bed, or just snuggling together on the couch.  

The time and place are irrelevant.  I just want to make sure I listen to them a little more every day.  Before long, their problems will be much bigger than broken toys…they may have broken hearts.  ea6140a2b0ce137ac3717aed918a407c

I’m not familiar with this author or her website, but I just LOVED this quote I found on Pinterest.  

Let’s listen to our children today!



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