This is the part of a series of short posts that are meant to be like little nudges of counsel from what I’ve been able to experience with my 5 year old and my 2 year old.
Setting the time slot
Even though my daughter does not realize it, I schedule time slots in my day to talk with her. Time I know, would be badly spent listening to a morning radio show, watching TV, or doing some less important thing. Instead, I welcome the opportunity of getting to know my five-year-old better. She may argue at first and request to do something else. Anything else. But once we begin, she speaks her mind fluently.
Shut off and switch on
I’ve made it a rule of mine, that each day when I take her to school, I talk about anything and everything with her. No Nintendo DS’s, No YouTube Cartoons, etc… just the two of us getting aquatinted with one another. That’s 45 minutes of knowing her better (and viceversa).
At the end of the time alloted for our talks, I feel even more proud of her. I see how she’s growing up and what’s been going on on her life. I give her input if needed and guide her when required. Maybe when she gets older it will become more difficult for this, but if we make it a habit now, maybe later it will be easier.
How about you, do you separate similar time slots to converse with your “younglins”?