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One time a few years back, we were on vacation having such a wonderful, fun and relaxing time with our children. As I was enjoying the moment, I said, “Isn’t it great to just relax and not have to run around and do anything?” Alexandra spoke up and said, “Yeah, it’s great because when Jonathan and I say something funny, Dad doesn’t give us his courtesy laugh.” “Courtesy laugh—, what does that mean?” I asked. “You know…when he’s busy and has a lot going on and we say something funny, he just says, ‘Ha!’ But when he is relaxed, he always gives us a real laugh and says something funny back to us.” Don’t you just love how children keep it real? This is a great reminder that people can tell when we are really engaged with them and want to hear what they are saying. I believe that giving people our full attention is a great way to invest in our relationships. It shows respect and consideration for others. Anytime we are talking with someone, we should make every effort to give them our undivided attention. I call this the gift of listening. I’ve found this to be especially important with children. I recognized early on that my children have a need to be heard. I give them the opportunity to share their feelings and explain their points of view. It’s important that they know I value and respect what they have to say as much as anyone else. Of course, I’m not saying you have to justify every parenting decision or sugarcoat everything you say to them, but you can always find a way to present your point in a positive, educational way and allow some dialogue. If you have teenagers in your house, you know how important it is for them to be heard. Don’t shut them down with, “It’s not up for discussion.” Sometimes they don’t even care if they get their way; they simply want to be heard. When you give your children your full attention, it builds their confidence and makes them feel valued and loved. No matter what the age, everyone has a deep need to be valued and respected. This means that when people are talking to you, don’t interrupt them. You may already know what they’re going to say, but that’s okay; be considerate and let them finish anyway. If someone asks you a question, and you know the answer, resist the tendency to jump in and cut them off. Be respectful and let them finish. It’s not only a matter of being considerate, it’s an investment in that relationship and lets others know how much you care. Sow good seed by giving the gift of listening and build strong connections in your relationships! My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. (James 1:19, NIV) #blog