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I saw something today that has inspired me to draw our attention to how we cultivate a relationship with our children.
As I was driving to town, a good 20 minute drive, I noticed in the car behind me a young teenager and her Mum. I imagine given the time of day, Mum was dropping her daughter off at high school.
We were stopped at traffic lights for a considerable time and I had the opportunity to watch their interaction.
I was disappointed…. Mum spent the entire time I was watching, talking on the phone and the young lady spent her time just looking out the window.
I remembered when I used to travel with my kids and we would, chat, laugh and sing …. They still remember it fondly …. And it was a great opportunity for me to show them how important it was to me to spend time conversing with them.
As time goes by the Mum I saw today may wonder why her daughter would rather be on the phone, than talking to her Mum. I won’t wonder… Obviously whoever was on the phone was more important than her daughter…. Even for those few valuable minutes.
Think carefully about how you create a good, lasting relationship with your kids.