The Power of Talk

I am currently reading the book “Reclaiming Conversations: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age,” by Sherry Turkle. Here’s an excerpt that resonated with me:

“It is not enough to ask your children to put away their phones. You have to model this behavior and put away your phone. If children don't learn to listen, to stand up for themselves and negotiate with others in classrooms or at family dinners, when will they learn the give and take that is necessary for good relationships or, for that matter, for the debate of citizens in a democracy? Reclaiming conversation begins with the acknowledgement that speaking and listening with attention are skills. They can be taught. They take practice and that practice can start now. In your home, in the classroom and at your job.”