Because this old one I wrote is still beautiful….
There is no better and ultimately no other way to teach your children that they are valuable people than by valuing them.
Second, the more children feel valuable, the more they will begin to say things of value. They will rise to your expectation of them.
Third, the more you listen to your child, the more you will realize that in amongst the pauses, the stutterings, the seemingly innocent chatter, your child does indeed have valuable things to say.
I love this quote from one of my favorite books The Road Less Traveled. If you have children, undoubtedly you understand the task it is sometimes to try to listen to them… to filter out the endless (and sometimes mindless) talking to get what they are telling you. I joke around a lot with my 3 1/2 year old, and enjoy teasing him and adding play to our days, but…
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