Talking to Kids? I'm Not a Natural
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.