Conversing with a young boy of almost five years old on Friday at Play Shoppe, I listened as he told me what he knew about dinosaurs.

And then he wrapped it up by sharing that dinosaurs “are ‘distinct’‘astinct’I mean ‘instinct’ “ he finally decided upon as he slipped off to play.

I enjoyed that.

And so I have been thinking about instinct.

As parents, we often hear the question, “what’s your instinct telling you?” For instinct is our natural intuitive response. It’s when you know in your heart – in your gut – what you should do.

Of course, it doesn’t mean you don’t seek professional help when needed, or advice from friends.  But it’s listening and sorting out what works for you and your family.

I see this often in “seasoned parents” who have weathered through many a challenging decision  with their children and find now they are more confident to trust and listen to their internal compass.

So the next time you are faced with a new parenting situation and you’re trying earnestly –  like my young friend –  to choose exactly the right word – the right response – take some time.

And listen to – and trust your instinct.

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