Communicating with a toddler is one of the most entertaining pastimes I’ve ever had!
It can also be one of the most frustrating things in the world!
When he tells me something and I have no idea what he’s saying,
we have miscommunication.
Sometimes we, as adults, create miscommunication with toddlers when we expect them to read underlying messages.
When we ask, “Are you ready to go?”, we might be expecting them to say, “Yes” out of obedience rather than answering openly and honestly. But really, is asking someone if they’re ready for something, a matter of obedience or disobedience?
I think that we can help our little ones
- know that what they say really matters
- avoid getting in trouble unnecessarily
- and communicate more clearly
when we carefully choose between questions and statements.
Check out my latest contribution on Mama Moderne, Asking the Right Questions.
joy: Watching my Little Man growing up and carrying on his Nolanese conversations with everyone!