Proof that words, respect and listening really do matter...


This is the motto I have on my desk and I try to live by every day.

Do you have a teenage girl in your life? 14, 15, 16, 17 years old? Do you dread the day you'll hear "I met a guy", "He's really great", "He respects me", "We went to the beach for the day"? Are you waiting for the other show to drop? I was!

When I was is college I remember a class for my Health Education Major/Human Sexuality minor (once upon a time before I got sick I was going to teach high school) that taught us to speak to young adults as adults, to listen to them and what they have to say and most importantly to respect them.

I have always tried to follow that advice and you know what? It really paid off. Recently when I heard those exact sentences and sat waiting for that other shoe to drop, I received a wonderful reward for all my efforts. I heard, "When I try to figure out what my choices are I hear your voice in my head and it helps me think right."

I have to admit I cried. There was nothing she could have said that would have me me happier or prouder of her as a young woman.
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6 comments:

rampy said...

Lovely. I felt the same way about my Mom.

Queen-Size funny bone said...

see they really do listen even when you think they are not. good job mom.

Barbara said...

Isn't she just sweet!?!? I would totally be in tears!

forgetfulone said...

I've seen that on posters before, and I'd really like to have one for my classroom. It's so true! Maybe I'll just make one on the computer!

Elizabeth said...

That is so great! I hope it continues!

Mercedes said...

I love this saying! I wish I had that kind of relationship with my Mom. That is ok-I have it with my Dad!