Talk less, notice more

mom daughter on back, morguefile0002029315062Kim John Payne, in Simplicity Parenting (Ballantine), makes this observation about parents and talking: “When we talk over and under and around a child—when we talk too much—there’s less space for their thoughts, for what they have to say. A child’s curiosity and creativity are stifled when they believe that something is not ‘real’ unless or until you talk about it.”

He goes on to comment that attentive parenting is made more difficult by smart phones and e-mail. “As we multitask, this might be one of our most difficult tasks: to just notice, to quietly bear witness. As a result, it is very powerful when we are able to acknowledge something quietly, to not fill space with words; to not bend, bolster, or embellish.”

By Annemarie Scobey, from the pages of At Home with Our Faith, Claretian Publications’ print newsletter for parents on nurturing spirituality in the home. Winner of the Best in Class award in 2014 from the Associated Church Press, as well as a First Place General Excellence award from the Catholic Press Association for  four years running. Here’s a sample issue.

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