Our granddaughter is dropped at our house by her dad every school day at 7:00 a.m. So we do receive and hopefully give quality time five days a week at a time when we are all pretty vulnerable. Think of when you first wake up and your senses, numbed from sleep are ready or not to receive input without many filters.
Christmas is close at hand. Advertisements are luring loving parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles to lavish the children in their lives with presents. Some presents are fine but the best and cheapest gift is listening with undivided attention.
- Stop other activities.
- Refrain from reading the newspaper and trying to listen at the same time unless you are taking turns reading the comics.
- Stay away from the main attention detractors – computer and television.
- Enjoy a conversation where you listen more than you speak.
That is the best gift you can give not only at Christmas but any time.