I recently stumbled upon this article in the NY Times: From Birth: Engage Your Child With Talk by Jane Brody, who writes that she sees too many moms talking on their cell phones rather than engaging in conversation with their kids. When she saw someone talking to a child she was surprised. Because apparently, where she’s from that’s not too common.
Honestly, I’m surprised that we even have to talk (no pun intended) about this. Are some of us really not talking with our children often enough? Are we not saying, Let’s go to the park! or Please put on your shoes before we go to grandmas house or Are you hungry? Do you want milk?
Don’t we talk to our kids without even really meaning to? Isn’t talking as a form of communication a natural process? We don’t really have to think about talking to our kids. We just do. Talking is a normal part of your day as is communicating with your spouse, your dog, your neighbor, or your kids.
Let this be a reminder to all of us that communication is so important.