Birds do it!
Bees do it!
Even precious little kids do it!
Have you ever watched young children coloring a picture? Head close to the page, crayon gripped in their fingers, tongue clenched between their lips…they are focusing every fiber of their attention on what they are doing.
Observe your children next time they are learning a new task or playing ball or dancing…you will see how their entire body is involved.
Do you give your children YOUR focused attention when you are reading a story with them or participating in some activity or just listening to them tell you about something that happened at school?
So often, parents are busy and listen with ‘half an ear’.
I remember, years ago, when our daughter was about 6 years-old. She had come home from school and her father, who was sitting at the kitchen table reading the newspaper, asked her how her day had gone. Carrie began telling him what she had done in school. After a minute or so, she stopped. “Daddy” she complained. “Listen to me!” “I am listening to you” replied her father. “No, Daddy!” our pig-tailed poppet responded as she pulled the newspaper away from him. “You have to look me in the eye when I talk to you!”
Five Tips for Great Parent-Child Interaction
1. Give your child your focused attention
2. Maintain a positive up-beat attitude
3. Choose an activity that is age-appropriate for your child
4. Communication is a two-way street…TALK AND LISTEN
5. Have FUN!
If you need a book that will give you and your young children many positive, age-appropriate quick and easy activities, please buy a copy of my award-winning parent-teacher resource, Show Me How! Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking.
You will be entertained for five minutes…and inspired for the rest of your life!
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