Last fall my thirteen-year-old daughter started watching The Voice. After several episodes she said, "Mom, I think you'd like it. Will you watch it with me?"
Will you watch it with me, she asked.
And so I did watch it. With her. More than once. And I did like it. So much so that we watched the spring season of The Voice together too.
But mostly I liked that she asked me to watch it with her.
This is a big thing with kids and teens: When they ask us to do something with them (even if it's something trivial like watching TV), it's an important thing. And I need to make the time, even if -- maybe especially if -- I don't think I have the time. Even if I feel like I could use that time to do something I think is super important -- like writing.
Because if I'm not there for their trivial stuff, how will either of my teens trust me with their biggest stuff?