Theme for August: Communication
iPods, cell phones, TV, Internet…something or someone is constantly talking to us. On the forty-five minute drive home from my daughter’s soccer game, we turned off the radio. It was so pleasant to have non-media interference in the car. My husband and I were able to talk and contentedly enjoy the quiet pauses in conversation. Our daughter was especially quiet. I thought maybe she was reflecting on the game or resting. I turned around to see if she had fallen asleep. Her eyes were open, looking out the window. “Are you tired from the game, Honey?” No response. Strange. Then I noticed the ear buds inserted into her ears!
Parenting Tip: Incorporate quiet into each day. Include times for media free zones so family members can interact with each other.
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About the Author
Lori Wildenberg is a licensed parent and family educator, parent coach, and co-founder of 1Corinthians13 Parenting.com. She has written 6 books including Messy Journey: How Grace and Truth Offer the Prodigal a Way Home; The Messy Life of Parenting: Powerful and Practical Ways to Strengthen Family Connections; and her most recent book, Messy Hope: Help Your Child Overcome Anxiety, Depression, or Suicidal Ideation. Contact Lori for your next event or for parent consulting or parent training courses. Lori can also be found mentoring over at the MOMS Together Group on Facebook.