People-watching sure can teach you a lot. On my recent break, I spent a fair amount of time observing how other guests treated the hotel staff. Some were polite, but removed, others clearly saw beyond the role to the human doing the job, and some were just downright rude. I found myself wondering if there was a parallel here with how they treated children and young people.
It’s impossible for us to understand - or to be more accurate, to remember - what it’s like for a baby or toddler trying to get to grips with conversation. Even if we decide to learn another tongue, we at least know what language is, we grasp the concept; our little ones are starting entirely from scratch. So how can we help them?
Last week I had a conversation with a member of the How to Speak Child Facebook Community around an article I had posted which dealt with instilling confidence in anxious children. As part of my response I said, "As ever, whole body listening is key. " She was very taken with the phrase and asked if it was a ‘thing'. I didn't know if it was a 'thing' outside my own usage, so I looked it up.