Everyday we talk. We wake up and speak. We talk to the dog, the cat, our partners and our children all through the day. Yet how often do we sit back and really reflect on the language we use? Speaking is one of those things we do that takes on its own habits and practices.
How often do we hear the voice of our mother or father or even grandparent come out when we speak?
The use of language is one characteristic that distinguishes human beings from animals. Yet sometimes, too much of a good thing is no longer a good thing. Our culture places heavy emphasis on the printed word with a push towards early reading and often we find ourselves bombarded with words via screens and speakers in waiting rooms, airports, airplanes, bars, banks, restaurants and shops. The screen is everywhere blasting news and information at us and our children when they are out and about in these places.
We can protect children from this onslaught of media by carefully deciding where and when we take them out. We can provide diversions from the screens in waiting rooms by bringing a book or being prepared with a little verse and a finger puppet in the pocket.
We can examine the language we use when we speak to children. What are we trying to convey and can we find simpler, more creative and perhaps more effective ways of expressing it?
Do you wonder how it is that Waldorf kindergarten and nursery teachers get children to come and go with so little talking?
This month in my Celebrate the Rhythm of Life in March E-Course Program, we'll take a look and listen to the way we speak to the children in our lives. What are the words we use? Do we want to keep using them? We'll wonder together and explore ways of communicating with children that are simple and effective and energizing for child and adult alike.
In addition to the focus topic aspect, Celebrate the Rhythm of Life in March includes support materials and conversation dedicated to supporting you in bringing harmony, rhythm and balance to daily life. Materials include a Daily Rhythm Guide, Weekly Rhythm Support, Material to support seasonal celebration though verse stories, recipes, song, crafts, handwork, puppetry and best of all a community of others who are journeying on this path.