Thought for today – 01/18/2012

ARE YOU WILLING TO LISTEN?
“A child frequently needs for a parent to set aside the temptation to instruct or give advice in favor of simply sharing in the moment at hand: a moment that offers a reason to cheer, to laugh, to cry — and always to listen. Your child will see these reactions as tangible expressions that she can count on you to understand the circumstances she is dealing with. Sometimes the words kids really need to hear are those they say to a parent willing to listen.”
David Staal, Words Kids Need to Hear To Help Them Be Who God Made Them to Be

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