I spend a lot of my time talking at my kids ... telling them to wash their hands, clean up the toys, put on their shoes, get ready for the day.
But I also make a big effort each day to really listen to them: The big and little moments of the school day for my older child. Or, the stories my three-year-old loves to share over and over again. Stacy Lamb, our Solo Mom blogger, touched on her own efforts to take in those small moments in her post today.
Cristin DeRonja, director of the SAFEchild Advocacy Center and a Raleigh mom of four, tells us that listening to your children is critical as they grow. Tips for Parents: The importance of listening
"What's really important is that we close our mouth and open our ears," she tells me.
DeRonja talks more about that in our quick video interview. Watch the video for more.
SAFEchild works to educate families and children about child abuse and help those who have been victims. Check the box above for more information about the nonprofit and tips from DeRonja.
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