In this part of the world many of us were raised with the notion that
‘children should be seen and not heard‘, which meant that a child must not speak until spoken to. It also indicates a certain behaviour standard, especially in the company of adults.
This upbringing probably must have contributed to the way some of us:
- Lack the ability to communicate and articulate our thoughts effectively.
- Find it difficult to question our faulty national systems.
- Have outsourced our brains, and are used to not thinking before acting.
- Are not confident.
Children are to be seen and listened to. This is how they learn more, build their communication skills and confidence level.
Our advice this week are:
- Give your children the opportunity to express their views.
- Let them join in some of your conversations.
- Let they be free and confident to talk to you about anything.
- Give them the opportunity to ask you question without shushing them off.
- Listen to them.
- And above all, seek feedback from them and ask for their opinion on matters.
We all benefit when we do things right.