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November 20, 2007

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Alkelda the Gleeful

I'd add: Don't invade children's personal space. I remember as a child that there would be certain adults who would always stand too close to me, look at me too intensely and would expect physical contact (hugging, etc.) when it wasn't warranted. Also, don't "test" children's knowledge unless you're a teacher and the children are taking a test. Asking children what they like to do for fun is pretty safe, and allows the adults to show they can be listeners.

Devon T

Great additions...thanks!

Adam

I don't like the idea of ruling out the 'How was school today?' question. I could imagine a kid who had a really difficult day in school but a little reluctant to start the conversation with mom or day being really relieved that someone asked that question.
The most important things are that you listen.
If you want to get a child to speak, try different approaches until you find one. You might have to go through a lot of silence or one word responses, but eventually you will get some real meat.
Remember no approach is correct and children are intelligent so you don't need to use formulas with them. They will find a way to communicate their feelings with you as long as you show them you really want to listen.

knock knock fan

one of our kids mom says "when i help my daughters homework, never try to tell off. so choose time i have very much."
her daughter loves english lessons, her moms efforts have worked.
not connected with ur thoghts?

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