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connect with kids – look them in the eye

When you talk to your kids (or any kids for that matter) how do position your body?  Hmmm, is that a strange question?  I have a good reason for asking, so give it some thought. 😉

Visual examples of what kids see when you're talking to them.Visual examples of what kids see when you're talking to them.

Do you stand tall over them and look down?

such a simple trick for connecting with kids - and oh so important!such a simple trick for connecting with kids - and oh so important!

Or do you squat down and look them in the eye?

The simple action of getting down on kid level will make for an even stronger connection in the conversation.  Don’t worry if you can’t squat.  There are lots of ways to get down to kid level!  Sit on a chair, sit on the ground, squat or kneel down.  Anything that brings you eye to eye.

such a simple trick for connecting with kids - and oh so important!such a simple trick for connecting with kids - and oh so important!

Look at Little M’s neck in this picture.  She has to lean her head way back to talk to her Auntie L.  Their faces are actually very far apart and eye contact is difficult.  Can you imagine talking to everyone like this?

such a simple trick for connecting with kids - and oh so important!such a simple trick for connecting with kids - and oh so important!

When Auntie L squats down in front of her, Little M easily shares her story face to face.  Getting down on kid level helps kids learn the important skill of eye contact while conversing.  It also show’s that you are ready to give your full attention.  Doesn’t that sound like a wonderful way to enter a conversation?

such a simple trick to connect with kids - and oh so important!such a simple trick to connect with kids - and oh so important!

So I ask again, how do you  position your body when talking to kids?

Simple parenting tricks like this one can make all the difference when comes to really connecting with your kids.

And that’s why I decided to say YES!
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This post originally appeared on May 9, 2012.

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