April 20, 2012

Connecting with your daughter's heart....

My close friend, Kristi, writes the blog, Homeschooling and other adventures.....



This week Kristi wrote about how she stays connected with her daughter, even through the busy seasons of life. I asked if she would allow me to share her thoughts with you and she graciously obliged.

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Quiet times are rare - precious and fleeting moments when you are able to see God's handiwork in your children...times when you are able to see into their little hearts and minds and understand who they are.


In the midst of the hustle and bustle of everyday busyness, they are easy to miss.


It may be as subtle as recognizing an unformed question, and helping the child to figure out what is bothering them.


It may be listening as they sort through a problem with a friend, asking questions that help them to figure out for themselves the right course of action.


It may be putting down what you are doing and really listening.


It may just require a hug and a kiss or a well-timed "I love you."


But as your child grows, they may be less likely to share everything as they did when they were little. For that reason, it is vitally important to establish communication with your children when they are small, when it is easier.

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When Precious Girl was in first grade, I gave her a handmade book filled with blank notebook pages to write on. On the cover, I wrote "Just Between You and Me." I explained that if she ever wanted to tell me something, or ask me a question, all she had to do was write it in the book and leave it on my bed. Then, I would write something back to her.


Many times, when I've sensed that something's bothering Precious Girl, I've found the book on my bed. Sometimes the issues are big, sometimes small, but every time I've thanked God that I have an opportunity to know what is on my little girl's heart and mind.


This book is a treasure trove of conversations between mother and daughter. Sometimes, I look back over the pages and remember...Someday, its pages will be filled, or maybe even unnecessary...So each time I have the privilege of writing to my daughter's heart, I am thankful for that chance to speak into her life.













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3 comments:

Sue@House Pretty said...

That was so sweet, it brought tears to my eyes! What a great idea to do with my daughter, once she is able to write!

Bliss said...

The post made me sit and recall times with my girls. And be thankful we still share time.

Bliss

Toodie said...

Love your projects and posts! I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award. Please check it out on my blog. http://scrappinmyhydeoff.blogspot.com/2012/04/im-versatileim-versatile.html

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