Magazine article Working Mother

I'm All Ears

Magazine article Working Mother

I'm All Ears

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Listening to the participants at our Multicultural Women's Town Halls is a great privilege. First, we have the listening circles, in which we separate into groups by race and ethnicity so we can learn more about ourselves and share our private thoughts and feelings. Then we present what we've learned to the entire group of attendees. Each group is listening intently to the others, hearing some thought or feeling or historic perspective for the first time. We find our assumptions about race and gender challenged-and our minds expanding.

The experience reminds me of the importance of listening in general, and of how hard it can be to take time and make room in our psyche for listening. Coworkers, husbands and parents all need us to tune in, but no one needs our ear more than our children. Of course, we think we hear our children. Aren't they chattering at us all the time? …

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