So today’s word prompt is open. After thinking about this for quite some time, I decided on open communication as my topic. I have to tell you that this is a subject that is near and dear to my heart. Communication is something I happen to be very good at. I’m a blabber mouth and you will always know how I feel about something, but that is not what I’m necessarily talking about here. The communication I’m talking about is more the kind where people can openly discuss things without fear of admonition for their views or concerns. It’s a way of communicating.
In our house, I find that open communication is so important. I want my kids to be able to come to me with questions, concerns or problems without fear of condemnation or reproach and that is the home I have built. It doesn’t mean that there is no discipline. Believe me. There is plenty of that when it’s necessary. When my children have questions about those sensitive subjects, you know the ones, the ones we didn’t want to ask our parents, my children come to me. Not only do they come to me, they bring their friends. I’ve done more sex education in my home than you can shake a stick at. Sometimes it can make me uncomfortable, but I know it’s necessary and I know that the information is given properly and very well. I am, after all, a registered nurse and a mom. I give the facts and from a Catholic viewpoint which is age appropriate.
Open communication is more than that though, Thank God! It’s being able to speak to my husband and truly talk to him. It’s not being judged. It’s him not being judged, which he struggles with still. Open communication is so important for a happy home. At least it is in my home. I can’t imagine feeling like I couldn’t say what was on my mind. I don’t always say what is there, but that is usually because I’m weighing out whether it is necessary to say or not, but knowing that we can talk about things in our home is important to me. Knowing that my children can come to me with what is on there minds, or with any questions or concerns instead of going to friends or the internet for answers is of immense importance to me. I am so grateful for having this gift in our home and sharing it with you. It’s not always the easiest route, especially with a very curious 9 year old boy, but I’d rather he get his answers from me than anywhere else.