Magazine article Working Mother

Can You Hear Me Now?

Magazine article Working Mother

Can You Hear Me Now?

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The other night when I asked my son, Jack, what he'd like for dinner, he ignored me. He was far more interested in flipping through the pages of his latest favorite book, Taxi Dog, imagining that he, too, could ride around in a cab all day and enjoy the sights of New York. "Jack, I need you to listen to me for a minute," I insisted. Finally he announced, "I'm putting on my listening ears." He put down his book, tweaked his ears, made a clicking sound and looked up at me with his big brown eyes, ready to hear what I had to say.

This was something he learned at school, and I was completely on board with it. Not only was it totally cute, it was a great idea-simply flip a switch and listen. Jack made me think about how listening has truly taken a backseat to multitasking. Is it really possible to listen to what someone has to say while also sending a text message? Communicating and feeling understood is often challenging. Add cultural differences to the mix and it's not surprising that we can find ourselves on a slippery slope. …

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