Ali's Adventures

June 20, 2011

Listening and hearing my own words

Filed under: Monday Moments — by Alison @ 8:00 am

You wonder sometimes if the kids are hearing you. You try to recognize their strengths and encourage them when they doubt themselves. These are the messages I hope are getting through. Though I wonder if she hears those messages, there are other times I have no doubts she listens.

I ask her to brush her teeth and hair before we go to play. She responds “You are making this very difficult on me.”

We’re having a discussion with her friend in the car, trying to identify a character I can’t see. She decides “I’m going to have to go with A on this one, mommy”.

She’s making plans with my mom on the phone, “If that works for you.” ends the conversation.

We’re at breakfast talking about the upcoming day. “Okay, here’s the plan” before she outlines the ideal morning of play.

These are my phrases, my voice coming from her. I’m glad these are the ones that stick with her, and hope that she also hears me when I tell her how much I love her and how proud I am of her.

This post is part of Capital Mom’s Monday Moments. Join her every Monday by blogging about a moment from your life based on a theme she has provided. Your moment can be long or short. Recent or from the past. All it needs to be is a moment you experienced


  1. “I have an idea” she says to her friends and all I hear is my voice when I am trying to engage her attention. It makes me smile.

    Comment by Capital Mom — June 20, 2011 @ 8:05 pm |Reply

  2. Yes, it is rewarding when we hear our own words parroted back in their conversations, and we realise that our messages are good ones, and that they have somhow sunk in.

    Comment by Denise Nielsen — June 20, 2011 @ 8:48 pm |Reply

  3. It’s so cute when they do that, they sound all grown-up. It’s also a potent reminder that they do hear us, even when we think they aren’t listening.

    Comment by Sasha — June 21, 2011 @ 10:57 am |Reply

  4. Ya – I think the most common one I hear back is “What the HECK!?”

    At least I haven’t been swearing right? 😉

    Comment by Lara Wellman — June 21, 2011 @ 4:35 pm |Reply

  5. I laughed when I read Brie’s comment. DS2 frequently exclaims “I have a idea!” and you can’t imagine the fear I feel 😉

    Comment by Sara — June 22, 2011 @ 7:11 pm |Reply

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