By Aubrey Rissler | Staff writer for The Snap Mom
Before you report me let me explain…
Imagine walking around in a world where you are shorter than everyone. Everyone looks down at you to speak and carries on… everyone is talking at you rather than with you. I would hate that. It’s like you’re living your life unnoticed. It’s easy to forget that a child’s perspective looks completely different than ours. That’s why whenever I have something important to tell the little ones that I nanny, I like to get down on their level.
When I get in their face, I’m communicating far more than just whatever I wanted to say. I’m giving them signals that say these 4 important things:
- “You’re a priority to me.”
- “You have my undivided attention.”
- “I respect you”
- “I want you to be able to understand and communicate in return.”
Giving a little one the “time of day”, whether you’re offering instruction, discipline, or just filling them with love means so much more if we take our time to get down.
Looking adults in the eye signifies respect and honor. Teaching our littles to look others in the eye and speak with undivided attention will enhance their confidence as well.
The same truth can be found in adult body language. When someone takes the authoritative position of standing, then those sitting automatically take a more passive and less dominant role.
Parents-take the time to squat down, and yes, get in your child’s face, because it will make a difference in how they hear and respond to you.
About the author:
Aubrey Rissler is a part-time writer and full-time nanny. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a magazine journalism degree. Aubrey is passionate about travel, health, and yoga. Follow her on Instagram: @srqyoga