The other day, my four-year-old son Ethan spent an hour having “quiet time” in his bedroom while I took a nap with my infant son. Just as I fell asleep, I was jolted awake by the sound of Ethan belting one of his favorite songs into the microphone of his karaoke machine.
With a twinge of exhausted annoyance, I jumped out of my bed, ran into my son’s room and whispered, “Ethan! Please turn it down. Spencer and I are sleeping!” He willingly complied, and I went back to lie down for a few more minutes. After naptime, I sat down with Ethan and explained that when other people in the house are sleeping, it is important to respect them by singing very quietly.
Ethan’s expression became very serious, then a little sad. He looked up at me with his beautiful (and slightly hurt) green eyes and said, “But Mom, I was singing for you!”
Even though I treasure my nap time, I know I am a lucky lady to have a son who sings his heart out for his mother. Maybe next time I can be a better listener….
QUESTION: When was the last time you could have been a better listener?
CHALLENGE: Find a way to focus on your child and become a better listener.
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