I was proud to attend my 7-year-old’s oral speaking competition today at school – he was amazing! It took practice, dedication and the ability to concentrate while reciting. My 3-year-old, however, didn’t quite appreciate the need for silence so the others could concentrate. My husband decided a trip to the school playground, while the rest of us were inside, was in order. And that’s where this story begins.
You see, my 3-year-old walked out onto the playground like he owned it. And naturally, the other 1st and 2nd graders thought it was adorable. They gathered around him, watching his every move. Finally, someone asked the other students, “Does anyone speak baby?”
While I found this comment hilarious, it made me consider what this child was really trying to say – can anyone communicate with this person? Has anyone taken the time to understand the way this little guy conveys words, thoughts and feelings?
Which leads me to a pivotal question. Have we, as parents/caretakers/aunts/uncles/teachers or adults involved in a child’s life in any way, taken the time to listen to that child? Do you invest time to focus on them, learn what they think and why, find out their motivations, investigate what makes them happy or sad, what interests them and how you can help them achieve their goals?
No two people will speak the same language. But a good relationship develops when each person takes the time and consideration to understand the thoughts and feelings of another. You make that person feel valued. You make them feel loved.
Do you speak baby?