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One of the most important things parents can do for their children is to let them know, quite simply, that they are listening.
In this episode of Truth Bomb Mom, Kristina Kuzmic offers up parenting advice about the importance of paying attention and really listening to your kids when they come to you.
“I started thinking, ‘What did I need from my parents when I was a teenager?’” she says. “And the answer ended up being one of the most important and effective things I’ve learned about parenting. Ready? Pay attention!”
Kristina adds: “Now, I know that sounds simple, but let’s be honest: we get so distracted with life that we forget to really pay attention to who our kid is or what our kid needs — or we’re so scared of all the things that could go wrong that we parent out of fear, and it causes us to pay more attention to our worries than to our actual kid.”
Kristina explains that she’s had to ditch every preconceived idea of who she thought her teenage son should be in order to let him come into his own. She stopped to really listen to what her son wanted, even when it came time to straightening his teeth. Yep, it was actually her son’s idea to try out an Invisalign treatment instead of traditional braces. (Both Mom and son realized it was the best decision ever, but she only found out about his decision because she listened.)
“If I’m going to be honest when I say that I want him to live a fulfilled, happy life, then I better back that up with actions by rooting him on to be exactly who he’s meant to be,” she says.
Watch Kristina drop some serious truth bombs about the role of parents in the video below.
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