The Month of the Child

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April is The Month of the Child (MOTC) and there are several activities planned in the community to help us celebrate children.  The Father Daughter Ball is this month as is “Getting Messy”.  Both great events that parents and children look forward to every year.

The mission of MOTC is simple but important:

  • Celebrate the children of our community
  • Raise awareness of the issues affecting children and their families
  • Honor those that serve and care for children in our community

To celebrate The Month of the Child, the Cardinal Preschool Staff is asking you to put your cell phone away for the month.  Not the entire month and not all the time.  They are encouraging parents to turn off their cell phone at drop-off and pick-up times.  When the cell phone isn’t a distraction, parents can take advantage of these times to have a conversation with their child.  Conversation is taught and parents are a child’s first and best teacher.

One challenge all parents face is finding a way to stay connected once their child spends the majority of their time at school.  Time spent in the car can provide an opportunity to have a conversation.

Here are a few questions that might help get the conversation started:

  • What’s the best thing that happened today?
  • How was recess?  What games did you play?
  • Who did you sit with at lunch today?
  • Who’s your best friend?
  • What made you smile?
  • If you could change one thing about school, what would it be?

Kids in a car seat are a captive audience.  Take advantage of the situation and help them understand the value of a conversation.  You might just learn something you didn’t know about your child and chances are it will be your best conversation of the day!

“Conversation is your most readily available, pervasive, and useful way to stimulate your mind and continue learning and growing” – Ron Gross  The Importance of Meaningful Conversation

About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Operating Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. These are challenging and exciting times in healthcare and my blog will focus on healthcare, raising boys or being raised by boys, and living in mid America.
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