Kids can have a lot to say, and a lot to ask, and their timing isn’t always ideal. It may almost seem as if they wait for the times when we are least available for a long story or a “why” question to launch into a conversation. And when we do stop what we’re doing to listen, what they say may seem silly and immature, repetitive, impulsive, and emotional. Kids can exaggerate, fabricate, and make mountains out of molehills. But that’s using our ears and our brain.
Our kids think they are wise and insightful, mature and brilliant. Kids ask questions, and for advice, because they want answers and because they want our attention. Especially when they sense we’re busy and distracted from them. If it was up to our kids, they would have us listen to them, speak to them, and teach them all day. Kids are usually “in the moment” and believe their issues and concerns, right this minute, are the most important things in the world. Front page news. Here are three things to keep in mind from day one.