Letting a child express their thoughts.
Children are special and unique in their own ways. Their imaginations are continuous, their smiles are infectious and their abilities to live life without worries are desirous. As a mother of two, I have always given my children the right to speak their minds. Never have I given thought to the old rule, “Children should be seen, but not heard.”
Amazingly though, there are still people who treat children, now in the twenty first century, in this manner. We all know the frustrations of wanting and needing to say something to someone, but can’t do it for one reason or another. A child feels the same way when they need to say something they feel is important. Who are we, as adults, to take their right to express themselves away from them?
Some may say a child has nothing interesting or informative to say. Listening to the words of a child can bring tears and laughter. Every parent, aunt, uncle, grandparent or teacher will repeat something a child has said to them. Children speak freely and will tell you what is on their minds. Unlike an adult, a child will speak without the intention of hurting another.
We must remember that our children will grow up and run our companies and our countries. Giving them a platform to communicate, at an early age, will give them confidence in themselves and others. Leave your attitude at a child’s door, because they have one of their own. Listen carefully the next time a child wants to speak to you; you just may learn something.
Published in: Family