2 thoughts on “Being physically present with our kids: Does it count if we don’t make eye contact?

  • March 18, 2018 at 7:21 am

    There was a lot in the article I could agree with. However, there is something that could maybe be addressed in another article. What if you can’t make eye contact. Many individuals with developmental and/or mental health issues experience difficulty with eye contact. I have Bipolar Disorder, PTSD and ADD; and more times than not, I find it extremely hard (almost painful) to make eye contact with people I’m talking to. Something to think about.

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  • March 19, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    One caveat I have with this otherwise thoughtful piece – when my children were pre-teens and teens, some of the best conversations we had were while driving or walking together, so no eye contact. I think as children get older and need to talk about more complicated emotions and issues, that NOT having to make eye contact can actually open them up .

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