Sometimes the best way to convey a message and connect with others is through sharing a story.
I spent today in Madison at a workshop encouraging us to do just that. During our time together, this group was moved to laughter, caring, and reflection. And I love learning more about a message I already support and believe in so strongly.
Often parents and caregivers tell me their children “don’t listen to me”.
I wonder then, if we are talking with or talking at our children when that happens. Because sharing a story feels different.
It’s not preaching – it’s not lecturing.
It’s remembering a struggle, a prank, a punishment, a game, a best friend, a funny incident, a regretful moment, a vulnerable time that happened when you were their age.
It’s giving them something to consider – then allowing the story time to rest – to resonate with your child – letting the story make its point – in its own way – trusting the moment.
Try it. I think you’ll feel the power of sharing.