Dare to Communicate With Your Child
By Noel Nicolas Villarosa
Conventional wisdom says that a child usually communicates using his vast imagination, and as a parent, you try to discern what message your child is trying to convey. Slowly as you try to rationalize your child's apparent inquisitive behavior and to prove certain things that he would not understand at his age.
Every single day both parents and child seek an opportune time to bond with each other. It is a kaleidoscopic endeavor in communicating with your children and there's nothing more exciting than to hear them telling their own story.
Allow me to share with you this noted hearty conversation between my wife and our son:
Our son: "Does God love music? I know, I'll pray and ask Jesus." (Then our son prayed and returned shortly to confirm that God said yes.)
My wife: "Yes indeed God loves to hear every child's prayer and you should be thankful for all His blessings."
Our son: "Why is there a big shining star in the picture?"
My wife: "It is the Star of Bethlehem which led the three Magi to the birthplace of baby Jesus."
Our son: "Oh, I know, God wants to say 'good job' because it had a picture of a star."
You could easily pinpoint from these perspectives that a child's determination is based on what he sees and hears. In this way, you are giving your child enough leeway to express himself with confidence; cognizance of how to conquer fears, and how to satisfy dreams through his imaginative intellectual play.
On why there should always be stories to tell with your child is a fun way of getting to know him better. On how your child perceived information is how deep your understanding and adjusting to events will be tested.
Your child has his own logic to explain the situation. There was one moment when my wife has to convince our son that the game is called "hide and seek" and not "hide and see" (as what our son believes). Our son explained that when playing the game, he was tagging every searched friend by saying, "I see you." And that was how our son arrived to call the game as "hide and see."
A child's play is always accompanied by imagination--where he would usually create a story, assign characters to act in (just like watching a great shadow puppetry act), and try to create the impression of moving humans (of why they are there and how they would think and act). It is impressive to see that a child has his own way of using creativity.
You should try to limit your child's use of screen media and electronic toys. Instead, take the advantage of letting your child play outside with other children of his age and mingling with them will teach your child the art of interaction. Once more, share with your child the good old days playing on traditional games that he might be interested in exploring.
The child shows interest in art. He starts making a straight line, a circle, or any shape that his uncontrolled hands could go so far. And through his imagination, he can be able to interpret his drawings.
Go invest in art supplies that your child may see and use for his creativity, and at the same time building and enjoy each other's imagination. In setting free a child's imagination is aiding his dreams to come true.