Sometimes the most precious gift we can give our young children or grandchildren is the gift of quiet listening. My guest, Connection Messenger* Annette Petrick shares some simple wisdom that will equip you well the next time you find yourself with the chance to create quiet time for these little thinkers. I asked her what had inspired the content for this short recording, and she shared the poignant story below.

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To create quiet time with my four year old grandson, we had come to a burger place. Just us two. As we settled in, he asked me, “Grandma, what do you think is harder; to think something or to think something and say it?” I could tell this question would lead to something much more significant, but had no idea what it could be.

I replied that it’s probably harder to both think something and say, because that’s two things instead of one. He contemplated that all through burger chomping time, while I remained silent. Finally he turned to me and said, “I want to call Skip – “Daddy.” But it always comes out “Skip.”

I reminded him that when Skip married his mom, he looked forward to being called “Daddy.” “I know,” he said with a troubled sigh, “And I want to, but no matter what I think in my head, it’s “Skip” that comes out of my mouth.” I assured him that if he keeps thinking “daddy,” it would one day come out that way.

And it did.

I never would have heard about his big emotional conflict, or been able to help solve it, if we had not shared quiet time. Be sure to place little ones in situations of quiet and calm that allows them to think, analyze, resolve or ask for help.
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Annette Petrick for Consider This


Annette Petrick

Annette Petrick is the creative genius and inspired storyteller behind the Consider This Radio Show, featuring 90-second episodes serving up “timely perspectives on life, love, friends, family, giving back, and giving thanks.” Be sure to get on her email list HERE. She sends out a new 90-second episode every Sunday morning.

This post appeared originally on the Consider This Radio Show website.

* What’s a Connection Messenger? At Heartspoken, a Connection Messenger is someone who helps point the way to strengthening one of life’s essential connections: with God, with self, with others, or with nature.

Photo credit: “Pensive Child Looking Through Window” by fresnel6 at Dollar Photo Club

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