Our nest has been empty now for many years and we now have two little pets. A sweet little "stray no more dog" that we named Gabby and a sweet little socialite cockatiel that we named "Baby Bird."
Our dog is an outside dog (we don't like cats or dogs in the house) but she is spoiled, nevertheless. Our bird is hopelessly spoiled, but when we have pets we believe we should love and care for them.
When we come into their vicinity we acknowledge them. When our mind is on something else at the moment and we fail to acknowledge them, they (especially Baby Bird) will let us know about it. He will chirp in a 'questioning way' and then we answer him.
This article is not about pets though. It is about our children. Have you seen children come into a room where their parents are...and they are simply ignored? Many little children do not get much acknowledgement from their parents. I have seen some ignored even when they have resorted to being obnoxious to get their parent's attention. One little boy was right in the middle of telling his mother something important to him and she said, "Aw go on outside and play!" It broke my heart and it is so sad. Children need attention. They crave attention. Actually that is really all they are wanting.
The really sad thing is...when they grow up, they will still show signs of not getting enough attention when they were of a tender age. Every time a child comes into the presence of their parent/parents, they need to be acknowledged. They should not have to speak or do anything before their presence is acknowledged. This will make them feel the importance they need to feel.
What a great family and a great family life you will have, if you will acknowledge your children and give them the attention they crave. May God bless you as you strive to bring them up.