Find company in solitude through imagination
Dear Abby: My husband and I are expecting our first child (a boy) later this year. How do I teach my son to enjoy solitude and his own company? Too many people today turn on the radio or TV because they can't appreciate the quiet.
I want my little one to have loving friends, but also periods of quiet, reflective fun time by himself. My husband and I grew up with siblings, but he hates solitude while I find lots of activities to do by myself. I am never lonely. What's the difference between solitude and loneliness? – Solitary Woman in Ottawa, Canada
Dear Solitary Woman: The difference between solitude and loneliness depends on how an individual handles being alone. Some people find silence threatening, while others – like yourself – need it to recharge their batteries.
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