You’re Just Supposed to Listen

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You’re Just Supposed to Listen

Once when my daughter was about six, she had been playing with some older girls who were being “mean” to her. She came in, as she often did, crying. As she stood there taking in deep gulps of air between sobs, I said what I had said many times. “Now honey, I’ve told you before, these girls are older and they are not good for you to play with. If you keep playing with them, you’re just going to get hurt.”  She stomped up the stairs and then stopped, turned around and put her little hands on her hips. Then she said angrily, “Don’t you know you’re just supposed to listen?” I have never forgotten that. She needed comfort and I gave her a lecture. She already knew what I was going to say–and that’s not what her little soul needed.  Next time someone is angry or upset, remember: You’re just supposed to listen.

 

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