Talk about the day

People have choices. Dinner, or whatever you call the evening meal, can be a mobile phone, tv & radio free zone. If at all possible, this is a very good choice and family priority.

As much as possible, everyone should sit together and talk about the day that’s been, and what might be happening tomorrow. Adults can start the chat by talking about the day in work / gardening / shopping / a walk ~ and explain any word a young child doesn’t understand. The young children should be asked “what’s the best thing that happened to you today?”. If they answer “Nothing”. Push it gently, ask “Did you meet anyone interesting? / Did you talk with anyone new? / Did you hear anything interesting? / Was the sun shining at any time you were outside today?” Slowly, the younger children will contribute to conversations and, soon enough, adults can give up hoping to get a word in!

Children need to learn how to listen and how to converse. Home is where they should learn these skills, before they are expected to go out into the wide World, to pre-school or big school, and hold their own, without the necessary confidence and experience instilled from the earliest days, in their home. If this effort is made from the beginning, parents will be giving their children some of the most important, useful, life-enhancing, lessons they shall ever get.

 

Shared by : Iseult Catherine O’Brien website: www.icobrien.com in discussion with Chris Williams