My husband has told me time and time again, I am a kid magnet. He is so right! I can’t name the number of times children have come up to me and started pouring out their heart to me. It has happened in stores, restaurants, and even on vacations. God knew I was best suited as an elementary principal for thirteen years. Children felt comfortable talking to me about all kinds of things. I have learned over the years that children need to learn that you care and value what they have to say.
Giving children your time and uninterrupted attention builds relationships of trust. Children need to be able to discuss whatever it is on their minds. Parents and teachers, it is so important to talk with your children. The easiest way to know what a child is thinking is to ask him or her. Little minds are working all the time.
Sometimes the words we hear from children may not be what we want to hear but important enough that we need to hear them. Problems can’t be solved if we do not know that they are happening.
Encourage your children to talk about what is happening in their lives each day. Ask them what they learned or what they would change if they could change anything. Find out who their friends are and what they think about different topics. They may surprise you with the answers you hear.
Make sure to thank your children for confiding in you. Let them know you enjoy their openness and ability to talk to you about any topic. Children often need help figuring out the right thing to do in different circumstances. Try your best to not be judgmental while the child is talking. Allow them to express themselves and then help them solve the problem if need be.
If you have questions I can help answer, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mrs. Good Choice is the new Dear Abby for children. You and your children may want to email me together. Expect an answer from Mrs. Good Choice in a timely manner.
“A mind is like a parachute, it doesn’t work if it is not open.” ~Frank Zappa~
Blessings until next time,
Dawn Young Ed.S