Listening to yourself

We recently moved my son from one preschool to another. It was a hard-wrought decision based on a lot of little things. The biggest one (that I didn’t want to acknowledge) was that all of those little things meant the first school didn’t feel right for me. And you know what? My son is blossoming with the change. It occurred to me that maybe my own feeling was a sort of an indicator light about the whole situation. I had to heed it to do what was required for our whole family apparatus. Listening to myself was the best way to listen to my child. ⁣⁣

Listening to yourself can be the best way to listen to your children

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, 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). 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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