Father’s Day, Listening, & Lingering

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A super simple way for our kiddos to appreciate their dads on Father’s Day- have your kids write a bunch of reasons why they love him and then tape them on his bathroom mirror. 😊

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Listening well to my kids is something I’m continually working on.

Not out of dread or guilt, but because I know this time is fleeting and I want to be present. I want to look them in their eyes and really listen to them.

Because I love them.

In the midst of a million distractions,
I know it is vital that my kids know I’m listening.

I’m working on decluttering things and activities around me
so I can be more focused.

More intentional.
More connected.
With my kids.

I want my daughters and son to know just as I listen now,
that I will listen when they’re older.

When I half-listen, it’s easy to miss the moment.
To miss the connection.
To miss showing my kids that what they’re saying matters to me.

If I’m in the middle of something and can’t listen well, I try to tell them to wait five minutes, thirty minutes, or however long it is until I can give them all my attention.

So I can connect with them, and hear and know their hearts.

I will obviously fall short sometimes as I’m human, but it is worth it to me to keep pursuing the better way of listening well and loving well.

Let’s listen better to the little things now – to those things that might seem unimportant to us, but are huge to them – not only so they’ll know we care, but also so they’ll know we’ll be listening when they’re older.

“Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life.” Proverbs 21:21


 

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