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Think about your childhood. Can you remember a time when a friend or a family member told you something important that was happening in their life? Did you understand that simply by listening, you showed that you cared? Letting others into our lives is not always easy. For some adults, it is much harder than when we were young. Feelings of vulnerability can sometimes prevent us from connecting heart to heart. If you have not had a recent opportunity to care for someone or receive another's care by sharing a joy or concern, seek such an opportunity. Consider using Activity 1, Joys and Concerns to do it. What joy or concern can you comfortably and appropriately share with the children that will deepen your connection to them?

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