ABC's of Motherhood: Clear and Concise

Early on, we mama's learn how to be clear and concise. "Baby-talk" only lasts for a season.

We graduate to normal conversation quickly as much to expand our children's vocabulary as to save our sanity. 

Yet, we can't get so caught up in language skills that we turn poetic like an Anne of Green Gables character: Lovely, endearing and all things good, in part, because her words are superfluous; children naturally talk too much without that kind of encouragement!

Clear and Concise; otherwise, our words can traumatize! An example: At the kitchen table, over breakfast, I requested my children eat and not talk. If they had to talk I asked that they whisper because my head felt as if it was about to explode.

(Once a month migraine sufferer; hormones, it's a hard knock life for us women).

Back to the "explosion": My five year old daughter's eyes welled up with tears as she said, "But, I don't want your head to explode!" I immediately responded, "Oh, honey, that's not what I meant. I'm sorry! Mommy just means she has a headache; mommy's head hurts, but it's going to be fine. I'm going to be fine." (I have caused my children such unnecessary distress)!

Clear and Concise. Always room for improvement. Our children grow and we as mama's grow too. Language skills will be learnt by all of us! Clear and Concise, gently,to the point, so there's no room for misunderstandings and every conversation has a point. No wasted breath or words, make it all count!

1 Response

Jean Postema
Jean Postema

August 16, 2016

We have to keep it simple for our little ones. Sometimes it’s hard for us mama’s and Oma’s to remember how literal they are.

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