THIS MONTH'S TOPIC -HOW TO SPEAK "KID LANGUAGE"
"Selective hearing is the 'gift' of hearing only what we want to hear no matter how much is being said or even what is being said. Selective hearing is a 'gift' kids often seem to be born with. That's why it is so important for parents to make every word count.
The average attention span for a preschooler is 3-7 minutes, depending on the activity. For older kids, it goes up to around 12 to 17 minutes-again, depending on the activity. So based on the fact that our kids are bombarded with words, words, and more words every day (at school, online, their friends, and from you), wouldn't you agree that it is imperative to make each word count?
To get the most our of your conversations with your kids, you will find each of the following tips brings about great results and conversations with you kids...
1. Limit the number of questions you ask.
2. Make sure most of your questions cannot be answered with a simple yes or no.
3. Share your life with your kids by telling them about your life experiences at their age.
4. Speak in a soft, calm and non-accusatory fashion (even when you are angry).
5.Say what you mean and mean what you say. To do otherwise is to demolish your credibility.
6. Don't nag.
7.Speak to your kids the way you want them to speak to you."
Also, scroll below to find additional age specific help for your child in the coming year. We encourage you to try some of the ideas shared in the videos and attached resources to help you intentionally shape your child in God's ways.
Each Rite of Passage provides two videos for you as a parent to watch. The first video is the "why" video. It explains why you should walk through the Rite of Passage. The other video is the "how to" video providing you with a step-by-step guide in how to set up these Rites of Passage. Here's a description of the associated documents:
- The Kickstarter is the biblical background for each Rite of Passage
- The Parent Guide is an extension of the "how to" video
- The Developmental Guide helps you know what's going on physically, emotionally, relationally and spiritually with your child