Listen carefully

My oldest started at a Waldorf preschool this month. This past weekend, his teacher hosted a back-to-school parent meeting. She put her hand on her heart at one point and said, “We must listen carefully to know what matters and when.” What a good recipe for life. This week, I’ve been working on listening more so I can do better. 

We must listen carefully to know what matters and when

Published by Emily P.G. Erickson

Emily P.G. Erickson is a freelance writer specializing in mental health and parenting. She has written for major digital publications, including Everyday Health, Health, The New York Times, Parents, Romper, WIRED, and more. Emily is a professional member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) and the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ). Formerly a mental health researcher, Emily also holds a master's degree in psychology. You can find the latest from Emily at

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