Pause and think about the word dialogue for a minute. Too often, we pass it off as mere talking. Conversation. “Pass the ketchup please…..”
Dialogue is a meaningful exchange of perceptions in a nonthreatening climate of support and genuine interest. - H. Stephen Glenn
Genuine dialogue accomplishes two things:
1. It allows kids to sense that they are meaningful and significant. Someone of interest to them, someone older than they are is engaging them in the thoughtful exchange of ideas
2. It allows kids to be challenged to deeper levels of perceptions and values. Dialogue therefore requires me to engage with someone of a different experience and knowledge base. If I just link up with a peer, we have very little to offer each other.
Think about a person that naturally engages your child in conversation, someone who stretches them. How might you increase your child’s opportunities and exposure to that person and others like them?