I've been given lots of practice when it comes to this. Sometimes the children in our neighborhood will come inside to play with my children as I'm in a rush to prepare dinner, or get laundry done. They want to tell me stories of the latest and greatest thing happening in their lives and I need to have the patience to listen. Sometimes my children want to talk to me when I'm texting a friend. I need to look them in the eye and listen. Sometimes people stop in unannounced and I need to stop what I'm doing and just sit with them and be a good friend. Sometimes my husband needs a listening ear as he vents about work. Sometimes a grumpy child just needs some extra one on one time or an extra compliment or two to lift their spirits.
If we want our homes to feel like a haven from the world, we need to treat all those who come into our homes with love and kindness. We need to make them feel like they are somebody special.