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Chapter 4: Just What Do You Mean?
Just What Do You Mean?
Don’t take another mouthful before you have swallowed what is in your mouth.
Very often parents and teachers are faced with the question, “Why?” from an inquisitive young child. A teenager might phrase the question as, “What do you mean by that?”
For the insecure parent or the inexperienced teacher, the quick defense might be “Because I said so, that’s why!” What is missed in such instances is a great teachable moment—the child’s need to understand the purpose, rationale, or compelling “reason” that will make clear the task’s or lesson’s significance. Many times in the family context, that answer is best found within its values, beliefs, and culture.
Rather than giving a quick “I said so,” the ...