As a parent, I’m often reminded that children are our most precious asset. Recently, after my routine day-to-day responsibilities of going to work, picking up my son from preschool, and the ensuing home tasks that follow, I noticed something. I had barely talked to my son. Of course, I talked at him—“Get up, put your clothes on, sit down, stand up” and so on. Yet, something made me stop, look into his eyes and ask him, “How was your day?” Although he seemed very surprised that I had asked, his eyes lit up and he proceeded to tell me a story about marbles and about the fun he had with his classmates. Just then I realized he needed my undivided attention and that my routine had gotten in the way.

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