Have you ever tried to start a conversation with someone and received a one-word answer? It can be frustrating. That often happens with kids. Why? For one, if they are young, their vocabulary is limited. Two, they may not have learned to express themselves enough to expound on their responses. Three, you might not be asking the right questions.
Humorously, at the same time, we are often scared to death of these little (or big) people. They sit in front of us with heart-melting eyes, waiting for each word that drops from our lips. What do we say? The throat becomes dry, so we just smile and pat them on the head. Conversation is over before it begins.
If you have felt this way before, keep reading. Here are some very positive reasons for wanting to engage in conversations with your kids:
You know what they know - As kids grow up and are influenced by outside groups, they learn certain behaviors like keeping secrets. When you stay in touch with them, then you know not only what they are feeling but also what they are doing.
You can influence them - Parents want what is best for their kids. That begins with teaching their behaviors that will help them to make their way successfully in life.
Keep them from risky behaviors - Research shows that kids who eat dinner with their families are less likely to participate in such activities as underage drinking, sexual behavior at an early age, substance abuse and illegal activities. Think of how much lower those numbers could be if you made it a point of having regular conversations with them as well?
Shows your kids that you care for them - There is more to talking then just the words. There is listening also. Sometimes, all kids want is to be heard. Communicating with them effectively demonstrates more than you could possibly know to your child.
Get to know them - Even though they are your children, kids are also people unto themselves. And, if parents got to know them, they might find that they are fantastic people in their own right.
Give them a good start in life - Your kids can benefit from your trials and errors. Use your life lessons as a way to help them avoid some of the same pitfalls that you experienced growing up. Conversations that you wish you had with your parents can now be delivered from you to your child in a timely fashion where it can make a huge difference in their lives.
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