Sunday Post: Silence…Should Children Be Seen and Not Heard?
Jake at Time after Time has a Sunday Post Challenge and every week he provides a theme…this week’s theme is SILENCE.
I’ve only “heard” true silence twice in my life…twenty-five years ago while parasailing and last year while skydiving. Silence…the absence of sound or communication…is sometimes helpful when one needs to collect one’s thoughts or ponder an important decision.
But should we apply this to our parenting approach…following the old proverb that says…children should be seen and not heard?
I don’t recommend it.
Children need opportunities to tell us what they think and feel.
Children need time to interact with their peers.
Children need to form strong friendships in those early years in order to develop healthy relationships later in life.
These activities don’t call for silence…they call for open and honest communication.
What activities do you have planned for your kids this summer? Summer is a perfect time to read picture books to young children! Children who are read to at an early age are more successful in school. I’ll be posting an A-Z list of some of the best in my next post.
For great story suggestions and quick and easy activities for kids, you might want a copy of Show Me How!
Are you wondering if the book really works? Check out these recent reviews: http://nrhatch.wordpress.com/2012/05/31/show-me-how/
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Posted on July 8, 2012, in Reading with Children, Show Me How! Build Your Child's Self-Esteem Through Reading, Skydiving, Summer activities, Sunday Post and tagged children, parenting, Playdates, READING WITH CHILDREN, Silence. Bookmark the permalink. 26 Comments.