Listen to me, my precious, I need to talk to you,
In return, I promise to listen to you.
This is what together we can do,
You listen to me & I to you.
I promise my full attention to you,
Go ahead pour it out & I’ll hear you out.
I’ll acknowledge all you say,
We may as well talk, like we play.
What I cannot bring to you,
I promise to gift with a wand of words.
With the wish to amuse & the right word use,
Let’s have fun with information.
I teach you about life,
You teach me how to have fun.
Maybe just a word or two,
One that’ll say all to you.
I won’t take long,
I promise not to sing the accusation song.
I’ll talk like a friend,
When words fail, with puppets in hand.
Let’s do it together,
Let’s do it with love,
I’ll respect the silence that hangs in between,
But words come handy to clean,
The cobwebs of hurt, doubt & pain,
Helping us learn, love & gain.
We the parents so often complain our children don’t ‘listen to us’. Our children say the same about us. In a world where everyone wants to be heard but no one wants to listen, it is up to us parents to teach our children the art of listening without judging by practicing it ourselves. In my attempt at poetry, I’ve highlighted a few ways and means I try to make my 4-year-old listen to me.
* This post is part of the April A to Z Challenge 2016. My theme is Parenting.
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