Just a few months ago, our two year old daughter began to develop a stutter, which came as a bit of a surprise for us. She had been talking so clearly just days before, and all of a sudden it seemed like a struggle for her to get her thoughts out. Some words would take her 4 or 5 attempts to get the word out, especially “mommy.” Thoughts ran through my head of her being made fun of and having to deal with this speech impediment for the rest of her life.
Within about two weeks, we realized she was no longer stuttering, which was a stark contrast to the struggle she had just a week earlier. How did it happen so fast? Was it just a stage of development she had to go through?
I do not know the answer to those questions, but I feel two words contributed to success.
We were constantly rushing her, telling her to pick up her toys so speedy, and to get her shoes on so we could go play with a friend and not be late. We were always in such a hurry. My wife proposed the idea to slow down, to not interrupt her when talking, but to give her our undivided attention when she had something to say.
To this day, we are now more relaxed and less worried about getting things done off the to do list and more focused on the individuals around us, especially our children. If we get so caught up in the “race of life” we often miss the opportunity to enjoy and develop relationships with those we love and care about.