I just came back from working in Hong Kong and I had the good fortune
to meet and work with so many parents. Parents the world over want the best for their children. One dad in Hong Kong, when asked why he signed up for the Master Class on Conversational Reading said, “I learned that I can be a better parent by having more conversations with my son about subjects that matter to him.”
The most important gift we can give our children is our attention and I know of no better way to give attention than by reading and talking with children about what matters, what I call Conversational Reading.
When we read and talk with children about what matters to them, we help them find their voice and place in the world.
The habit of talking, sharing with children our thoughts and feelings, about subjects that are important —friendship, kindness, compassion, integrity, doing the right thing— is how we help children thrive.
I recently read The Gift of Nothing—a 32-page picture book with Big ideas.
The story’s premise: “What do you get someone who has everything?”
With both a playful and charming tone, the story begs the questions:
~ What is important, what matters?
~ What do we really need in life?
~ What makes for a good life?”
The book is both good-humored and engaging.
It would make for a perfect family read with children of all ages.