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 popular digital publications, including Everyday Health, Health, The New York Times, Parents, Romper, Verywell Mind, WIRED, and more. Emily is a professional member of the National Association of Science Writers (NASW), the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), and the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ). Previously, Emily researched PTSD for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and earned a master's in psychology. You can find the latest from Emily at

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