Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Listen in Love

Don't you just love this quote from one of our Grandmas with Heart and Chief Creative Officer for Group Publishing, Joani Schultz! It is so true. As grandmas (and grandpas/parents, too) we have many things we need to talk about and tell to the children we love. Things we want them to learn. Things we want them to know. But, while it is important for us to tell and teach them things, it is essential for us to listen to them. True conversation has to be a two-way street. We can not do all the talking and expect them to just listen. 

I know my grandsons have much to say and I need to be a grandma who listens to them. Now, honestly, some of what they have to say is silly (they are young and have quite the sense of humor) and much of what they talk about has to do with tech things (and I am not the most tech savvy person they know), but if what they have to say is important to them, it needs to be important to me. At the very least I need to be able to listen to them.

Take time today to listen to your grandchildren. Let them tell you about whatever they want. Give them your full attention and listen. Then ask them some thoughtful questions designed to get them to talk. For example, ask them . . . 

  • What is one thing you know for sure is absolutely true about God?
  • What is your favorite thing about creation?
  • What is one thing you know for sure is absolutely true about the Bible?
  • What is your favorite thing to do when you are able to choose to do whatever you want?
  • What is your favorite fruit/veggie?
  • What do you find most frustrating about the world/government? (great question for older grandchildren)
  • What do you think the future holds for you?
  • What do you like most about school?
  • What do you find to be the most challenging, difficult, unlikable about school?
These are just a few questions to get you started. The point is for you to listen, truly listen to the answers your grandchildren give. This is not an opportunity for you to "preach" to them, but for you to listen . . . in love.

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