The little bugger is still in bed, so I’m taking a minute to write a short post about talking to your children.
This is all obviously my opinion, but I feel it’s important information of which every parent should take notice.
When talking to your child:
Talk to them as if they are a young adult
I really dislike “baby talk” because I feel a child can develop more maturity, more quickly, when you talk to them like a REAL PERSON.
If you don’t show your child respect while you talk to him or her, he/she simply will not listen to you. It may not start now, but it will begin soon. Everyone deserves respect, and this is something else you can teach a child. The best way to teach a child something? To show them how YOU practice it, and note the benefits.
Know that they will talk to others (and eventually you) the same way you do them.
This is basically The Golden Rule. If you curse, demean, disrespect, speak harshly, mutter, smile, use your hands, etc., then your child will begin those same habits. Is this a bad thing? No. Because, if a child will mimic what you do, all you must do to take advantage of this is to show off good habits.
More on this sort of stuff later – if anyone’s interested.