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“Character is higher than intellect… A great soul will be stronger to live, as well as to think” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, my mom took my nephew to visit with her sister and her granddaughter, which happens to be the same age as my nephew. The two of them do not get to see each other often, because they live in different states. They had a great time playing together and made their bond stronger.

It is a known fact that there are huge benefits to playing and reading to and with your child.

You will be able to tap into their feelings that they express and act out, so you can help them with the words for those feelings.
Reading with and to your child is one of the most intimate forms of communicating with them and helping to give them the tools needed for understanding and verbalizing their feelings and how to interact with others.

In our current age of technology we can communicate and function without human contact, which is great as long as we have a balance. The games and toys that our children play are often electronic, which leaves no room for imagination and physical exercise.

I have had texting conversations with people, only to have one of us totally get the wrong meaning of what was text. So I have to know when a phone call is needed and when a text message is sufficient. Because communication skills are of great importance to the building block of our children’s character, we need to take the time to let our children that are using cell phones, with a phone call is appropriate and when it is alright to text.

Through playing, reading, listening talking and other forms of interacting with our children we are building children of character, to become adults of character. It’s important that we do not allow this technology age to cause our children to lose the importance of communication. Many of the problems that our Country faces on a daily basis are due to miscommunication or the lack of any communication at all. I believe in being progressive, but not at the expense of good communication.