How well does your child listen to you? Like most kids, my son, 8 years, listens sometimes and other times not. Last year I had a particularly difficult time getting him to listen. I was so frustrated and thought he was probably trying to be the "ruler" as he was going through a phase of "the man knows more", "men are rulers of the house" and "you are just a girl".
Then one day I passed by a sign with the well known phrase: “Listen like a sponge”. I got goose bumps, it was as if the sign was talking to me. Later back at home, when my son spoke to me about a project he was working on, I put down what I was doing, sat before him and really listened to what he had to say. At first he was surprised, then excited and at the end of it all I could sense he was fulfilled.
Amazingly, when I then asked him to do his chores he happily said, “Yes mom, sure mom”. I laughed at myself for having spent so much sweat over trying to change my son when the real change lay with me.