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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Better Mom Day 2: Listening

If you're new to the 31 day series, over 1200 bloggers have chosen a theme they want to write about every day in October ranging from food or fashion to faith or fabric.  See the whole list atThe Nester.  I decided to focus on trying to be a better mom, and you can see my first post here.

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.


  1. Great idea! I love the "Thumbs down is for punching and hitting people." :)

  2. I love this. I find myself doing this all day "uh huh" because I feel like if I hear "mommy" one more time I will scream. This is a good reminder that I should slow it down a bit. Thanks!

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