In the midst of the hustle and bustle of everyday busyness, they are easy to miss.
It may be as subtle as recognizing an unformed question, and helping the child to figure out what is bothering them.
It may be listening as they sort through a problem with a friend, asking questions that help them to figure out for themselves the right course of action.
It may be putting down what you are doing and really listening.
It may just require a hug and a kiss or a well-timed "I love you."
But as your child grows, they may be less likely to share everything as they did when they were little. For that reason, it is vitally important to establish communication with your children when they are small, when it is easier.
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Many times, when I've sensed that something's bothering Precious Girl, I've found the book on my bed. Sometimes the issues are big, sometimes small, but every time I've thanked God that I have an opportunity to know what is on my little girl's heart and mind.
This book is a treasure trove of conversations between mother and daughter. Sometimes, I look back over the pages and remember...Someday, its pages will be filled, or maybe even unnecessary...So each time I have the privilege of writing to my daughter's heart, I am thankful for that chance to speak into her life.
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