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Email of the Day: Having Time To Just “Be” With Your Kids Is Important

By Dr. Laura on August, 11 2022
Email of the Day: Having Time To Just “Be” With Your Kids Is Important

My 6-year-old said to me, “Girls like the boys who fight for them.” I looked at him quizzically and then said “And it’s nice to have doors opened too.” I asked him where he learned that girls liked boys who fought for them. “Everywhere,” he said. Then he went on, “Boys have to do ALL the work. They have to fight AND open doors.” I smiled and said “It’s nice if they’re polite, too. Don’t you think I work here at home?” He replied, “Yes! I mean before there are kids, the boy has to do all the work.”

 

I let him sit for a bit and then said, “Do you know why the boy has to do work for a girl to like him?” He looked at me, saying “Because the girl has to make sure he’s a good man who will take care of the kids if they get married and have a family. If he won’t take care of her, and only thinks of himself, he won’t take care of the kids and his wife.” He then said, “I think of others. You tell me I do that all the time.” “That’s right. I do,” I said. “You’re very good about thinking about others, not just yourself. You’ll be a great husband and daddy!”

 

This teachable occasion was possible because his dad works hard so I can stay home to raise our kids. There are so many little moments like this when you have time to just “BE” together. If we were rushing around constantly, we would miss them, and our son would grow up to be a male, not a MAN!

 

Justine

Why Having Time To Just “Be” With Your Kids Is Important

 

 

 

 

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