As my dear late mama used to say “we have two ears and one mouth, so we should listen twice as much as we talk”.
I’ve been working hard to be a better listener of late: toddler, big girl, hubby & friends. Sometimes I’m good at it and other times I’m appalling. But it’s humbling how hard I have to work.
Let’s start with a lovely reminder of the camaraderie of motherhood. Tired mothers: you’re not alone.
This is a link to a li’l cautionary piece about kids and screens, here is another version of the same thing (with handy advice for parents, this time!) and check this out: children are way more distracting to drivers than cellphones!
This is a luscious list to give us some alternative ideas to use in discipline with our kids and this is some pretty fascinating research about aggressive behaviour and a possible link to epigenetic changes during pregnancy & early childhood.
OH! And while we’re thinking about early brain stuff (aren’t we always!) you gotta listen to my dear friend & esteemed colleague Nathan Mikaere Wallis talking early brain development on Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon show. HERE is the link.
When you finish, p’raps you’ll join me on a quest to be a more attentive & honest listener. Do you find it as tricky as I do?