Where did last week go? Oops, you know what? I think I spent most of it listening. And talking. To my teens. Very little got done around here.
Steev was on his spring break and we were skyping practically every day for 2-3 hours at a stretch. It’s our routine to talk every day even if it’s only briefly during the semester when he’s really busy with homework.
He and I can chat all day. Seriously. From the time he was 10 or 11, we’ve always had these extended chit-chats. Okay, so maybe I’m biased because he’s my son but we always have something interesting to talk about – from everyday stuff and people to color print techniques to all things geeky.
The same thing with my girls. There’s no shortage of stories and giggles from college and school either. When I pick them up every day, they would tell me about their day at school and I’ll update them about my day. Believe me, there’s no shortage of stories, discussions, questions, issues and jokes.
When you have 3 teens, one pair of ears isn’t enough. More like 2 more pairs of extra ears !! But listening isn’t just listening. It’s listening and advising, and chiming in with my stories, my experiences, my humor, my take on things. Listening and teaching, and learning. Interestingly, learning works both ways – our kids learn from us and we learn from them too.
So yeah, my kids are teens now but I’m still listening. Can’t say I’ve perfected the art yet . All I know is that I’m never too busy to listen, and I never tire of talking with them.