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Listening Activity Paper
4/27/2015

First allow me to say that I was truly dreading this assignment. I thought to myself, “How am I going to devote 12 hours of any given day to this?” I am just so busy. However, I learned a lot in a short period of time about myself. I realize I was wrong about myself. I truly thought that I was, at all times, a kind and gracious listener. God knows I have preached to my children enough about how important it is to really listen to people. Now I wonder if they take me seriously when I say that. I did not realize how focused I get about our structure and routine. Being a single mom with two honor roll students who are very involved requires structure. I did not realize that when I am in that zone I am literally tuning them out and dismissing what they are expressing to me. This must make them feel pretty unimportant. It also begs the question, will they feel justified tuning me out. I am not aggravated when I am focused on getting things done but I fear I come across that way in my direct and impersonal responses and lack of listening. I also did not realize that I was prioritizing listening to one child over the other according to the time I have with each. I have literally subconsciously been scheduling time to listen to each of them. That means that if the Sienna feels it is important to tell me something during Aidan’s primary time in the car, I may or may not dismiss her. How awful that must make her feel! I had no idea that I was even doing this. Another part of the day that I was not so impressed with myself was my literal frustration at the lady trying to share her, what I dismissed as unimportant, problems with me. I used to always take the time to listen if someone felt a need to share a problem. I identify with being that person, kind and compassionate. I was…...

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