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It’s serious to me!

December 20, 2013

Here’s a life-changing idea…
In his book, Between Parent and Child, Haim Ginott says,
“A child’s feelings must be taken seriously, even though the situation itself is not that serious” (p. 7).

In other words…
When a young child in all seriousness tells us something that from our perspective is inconsequential or unimportant, we may be inclined to dismiss it or even find it amusing. Neither children nor adults like to be dismissed or laughed at. For example, it may seem ridiculous to us as adults when a child complains, “Johnny took my blue block!” (when that child has ten other blocks on the floor to play with). But we should ask ourselves, “How would I feel if someone came over and grabbed something out of my hands?” 

Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life…
Listen with sensitivity when your child is expressing his or her feelings. Take those feelings seriously, even though the situation may not seem serious to you, because the situation and the feelings associated with it are very important to your child. 

To find out more…
about parenting, check out The Parenting Journey, See the World Through My Eyes, or Getting Our Hearts Right at arfamilies.org, follow us at facebook.com/navigatinglife or contact your local county Extension agent. You might also enjoy reading Between Parent and Child.

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