A dad of three daughters shares insight on connecting with kids as they grow older.
Many years ago in the checkout line at Central Market, my older daughters were feverishly and competitively loading food onto the conveyer belt in a way that only preschoolers can. My toddler sat restlessly in the cart, alternating between nervously observing the melee and pleading to be held and soothed. Any parent knows that sibling-disputes often boggle, overwhelm, and unsettle the adult mind, and my mental state was no different at that moment. As the food flew and the complaints screeched, I was doing as much as humanly possible to keep a level head and a gentle tone, all while staying focused on getting through the line, out the door, and back home.