Let’s Talk about Honor
In today’s society, interruptions are all around us. In fact, the idea that multi-tasking has become a virtue leads many to believe that interruptions are just a way of being more productive. Actually, in many cases, interrupting someone is evidence of the lack of showing one another honor. Start a conversation with your kids and show them how properly interrupting someone will become a way to display honor in your family.
Why do you think people interrupt each other?
Listen as your children share what they observe when someone interrupts a conversation. Pay close attention to words they use that may be foundations of their values. For example, if they answer, “Because they don’t care about what the person is saying”, they may be suggesting that caring for other people is a value they hold.
How do you feel when you are interrupted?
When did you interrupt someone because it was necessary?
Everyone has experienced that individual who just seems to love hearing his or her own voice. Encounters with people who seem to talk incessantly can frustrate the most patient listener. Let you child “vent” about a situation they experienced. Do not join them in any way that dishonors the person whom they interrupted but help them understand that there may be a way to respectfully interrupt.
As you enjoy your FreshTakeFamily meal, listen to your children. This is a great time to discuss ground rules for respectfully interrupting. For example, explain to your children that if they need to get your attention while you are talking to someone else, they should touch you on the arm. Then, wait patiently for you to respond. Assure them that you will pause the conversation as soon as you respectfully can and address their need. Practice this exercise at the table. You are changing the culture of your family and illustrating the value of honoring one another.