A silence into which a parent listens is a powerful form of communication
and one that we struggle to implement.
Into an open, safe and tolerant silence children will open up allowing the adults who wait a window into their lives.
Instead we ask questions that we know that answer to.
We speak over them and they dismiss the words that they do give us.
And we are surprised that by the time they are teenagers they have stopped talking to us.
Be mindful in your parenting of the amount of time you spend talking and the silences that you create for your children to talk to you in.