I read a story recently that pierced my heart as a mother.
The story went a bit like this:
Dad is busy with life while daughter is growing up. Daughter craves his attention, but Dad always has something or someone else going on. He is a godly man serving the church with his skills and talents, providing a good life for his family, and playing golf on the weekends. Daughter begins to wonder why she is so unlovable. Resentment begins.
Daughter is now a teenager. Father and daughter have a strained relationship.
One day father picks up daughter from a one week camping trip. Father is waiting in the car for daughter when he impatiently steps out of the car and yells for daughter. He sees daughter running around like a crazed lunatic calling out for Sophy. He angrily proclaims that he doesn't have time to wait for her and her friends. Dad begins to search for Sophy complaining and grumbling about how he has better things to do than to search for daughter's friends.
While at a counseling session with their pastor, the dad frustratingly recounts this story. He goes on to state how inconsiderate daughter was to have him wait and then search for friends he didn't even know or care about.
The daughter replied, "Dad, you're unbelievable. Sophy isn't a person. She's the doll you brought me when I was a little girl. She's never left my side. I love her."
Pastor: Did you ever find Sophy?
Steps: Take some time out today and listen to your child. Pay close attention to their conversation, likes and dislikes, and mannerisms.
What's your child's favorite song, book, friend, music band, game, or doll?
Do you know?