Here’s a great rule for life: Judge Less, Empathize More.
Create Rituals in your day, where you have time to chat with your kids:
- Bedtime -- when you can cuddle up with your little one and listen to her talk
- Tea-time -- when I was working part-time and had the luxury of doing this, I used to love sitting at the dining table with my kids when they got home from school and chatting with them about their day. I'd play soft music, they'd eat their snack, and I would have a cup of tea. And we'd enjoy each other's company. And most importantly, I'd listen!
- Car-time -- If you drive your kids to school in the morning, that can be a great time to ask a question and listen to your child talk.
Ask Kids Questions, and master the art of the follow-up question
If you get into the habit of asking kids questions, they will get into the habit of telling you more about themselves. Ask them open-ended questions and let them talk. Show them that you’re interested in their lives.
Put away your digital devices, look at your kids, and give them your full attention.