Day 2: Today's focus was listening to my kids. They are 8, 6 and 3...and they are seldom quiet. All too often I find that I've tuned them out or just keep saying "uh-huh" (because I'm working on something else, because I'm tired, because earlier they were just complaining, or whatever) Today I really tried to stop what I was doing, look at them when they were talking, and not turning away before they were done.
Here are some gems I picked up today, because I took time to listen.
From my 3 year old: "Thumbs up is for water, milk and bread. Thumbs down is for punching and hitting people."
From my 6 year old: "Sometimes I wonder if I'm just dreaming and I haven't even been born yet, but then I can feel things, so I'm really here."
From my 8 year old: "Because of reading Katie Kazoo books, I think--what if I changed places with someone I don't even know. Like my brain went into their body!"
It was definitely a good exercise for me...and one I will keep working on.
In other news, you can see this post at Whatever Dee Dee Wants where I wrote about decorating pillowcases with my girls.