Filled with excitement or down in deep sorrow, kids ask us – Look at me! Be a part of me, be with me, celebrate with me, listen to me.
As humans, we need that level of support and someone to rely on. This need does not go anywhere as we grow into adults.
During our achievements and loss, we look at our leaders and ask more subtly – Look at me!
Celebrate with me, recognise my work, and appreciate my achievements. Similarly, listen to my problems and help me overcome the next hurdle.
The question is, are we putting our distractions away as parents and/or leaders? Are we favourably responding to the request for – Look at me, for the people whom we care?