Talking to Kids? I'm Not a Natural

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Not everyone is born a Mary Poppins, an Art Linkletter or a Jack Black, with that precious gift of connecting with the kids through conversation. This post illustrates one woman's brave attempts at polishing her kid-speak skills:

I’m not what you would call a “natural” when it comes to communicating with/being around children. I normally use adult words in a high-pitched voice, and I notoriously ask close-ended questions....

Even when I make a genuine attempt to like children, I usually fail. Like the time our neighbor’s daughter (whom I’d never met) ran up to me in my yard telling me that she CAN DO CARTWHEELS.

I said, Oh wow! That’s really neat. Maybe you can teach me how to do a cartwheel.

No. You’re too old.



Image: Leonid Mamchenkov via Flickr


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