Listening means actively making room for whatever words she may offer. It means I prepare myself to hear the intent behind the words or the intent behind the silence.
Apologizing and asking for forgiveness require prioritizing relationships ahead of our desire to see our actions as justified no matter how they impact those around us.
Words themselves are powerful, and if we misuse them we undermine communication. If we become fast and lose with the words we use, we dull the sharp edge of the best tool we have to connect with one another.
Every question is an invitation—your kids are asking you to help them make sense of a complex world.
The more fully we understand our kids' deep-seated desire to make their own decisions toward their own desired ends, the better off we’ll be in fostering healthy relationships.