WAIT SILENTLY AND BE SURPRISED
Dr. James Mc Donald, Professor Emeritus, Speech & Language Pathology, Ohio State University
When we wait silently for a child, she often surprises us by doing or saying something we did not know she could do. Adults have a lot to do and are often in such a hurry that we fill the silences and do not give children the time they needed to do something new. Parents are often surprised when they wait silently and see their child do things and say words they had not expected. Children do much less when we do not wait. You may know what your know knows only when you give him time and an open attitude to show it. Waiting also helps build independence. Don’t put your child’s shoes on him as soon as he struggles. Give him a chance to figure it out on his own.
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