“The first duty of love is to listen.” Paul Tillich
Making time to read with a child seems a goal many parents set. In an article at PBS Parents, Kenneth Barish, Ph.D.,Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology at Weill-Cornell Medical College, makes a cogent case for reserving time, perhaps at the end of the day, to listen to children.
In his article at PBS Parents, How to Raise an Emotionally Resilient Child, — one you may want to share with parents — Dr. Barish points out the inevitable “emotional injuries” that children experience and what parents can say to help repair “moments of conflict and misunderstanding.” He suggests this time to listen “may be the most important ten minutes of a child’s day.”
Dr. Barish’s article at PBS Parents contains more valuable details about emotionally resilient children and sites his book, Pride and Joy: A guide to Understanding Your Child’s Emotions and Solving Family Problems, as winner of the 2013 International Book Award (Parenting and Family) and the 2013 Eric Hoffer Book Award (Home Category).