My friends with teenage children tell me that one way to survive the teenage years is to "keep them talking." That's the most important thing. For them, hearing just a few words out of their teenagers seems like precious gold. Parents of teenagers cherish every conversation, every text, and every moment when the teen just wants to talk.
I needed to hear that today because in my life, there's so much talking from children that I think I might go crazy. Every meal time, dinner ride, bed time routine, wake up routine, homework session, and walk to school is too much talking. My little girls fight over who gets to tell me what next. My husband even puts his hands up over his head at dinner to referee between those of us who just have so much to say.
But it won't always be this way.
For now, I'm going to listen and keep them talking--even if it makes me crazy, even if the whole house is loud and buzzing with talking. It might not be this way in a few years.
Keep them talking.
Isn't it hard to listen to children talk all day long? I was told to "be quiet" so many times as a child!