July 13, 2007, Newsletter Issue #139: Talk With Them, Not At Them

Tip of the Week

Speaking to children is not hard. Children are little and inexperienced, however, they are not stupid.
Talk with your children much as youīd talk with any other friend. Use words that are appropriate for the childīs age and take time to explain ideas.
Answer the childīs questions and ask some of your own. Questions are a good way of communicating.
Donīt be afraid to answer "I donīt know." When you donīt know be willing to find out. "I donīt know, but the answer will be in the encyclopedia. Weīll go look it up in a minute." is a wonderful answer to many tough questions.

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