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How do you speak to a child?
Posted 12/28/16
When I do speak to a child, I speak to them like I would anyone else. Now if I knew the kid, I may tease them a bit...but that's about it!
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Posted 12/28/16
I speak to children the way they speak to me. If a child is not very smart and is speaking in simple language, I will simplify my language and speak in its language, because kids (like adults) will get frustrated if they don't understand what others are saying to/in front of them. However, smarter children will notice if you simplify your language for them, and they don't like it. I had a candid conversation with an eight year old about adult fears several months ago, and she was intelligent enough to explain to me that she didn't understand why most adults don't treat her as if she has agency or bodily autonomy while playing on the playground. Why was this? Why did grown-ups think she might hurt herself if she fell four feet? She didn't understand that adults get hurt more easily than children do, and that we often forget how easily children recover. Why? Nobody ever told her, because they thought she wouldn't understand. But she did.

Some children are stupid, and some children are smart. Obviously. Adults are like that, too. But children are generally smarter than we give them credit for, and they can usually tell when they're being babied.
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Posted 12/28/16
-pulls faces-
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Posted 12/28/16
Me: What's good little playa? What it be today?
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Posted 12/28/16
i normally talk sweetly but if its a bratty and insolent child ha, well, I ignore.
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Posted 12/28/16

thatgirl202 wrote:


jaragnaros wrote:

Just talk to them, I'm a child at heart and children seem to recognize this, can find myself playing games with them outa the blue and if it makes them happy im happy, I'm an adult, no one said I cant have fun


This is true, that children recognize it when you like them.

I love children and all children I've met seem to love me I was even a babysitter a few years ago and I enjoyed it a lot. The parents were always happy with me because they could see the happiness of their children in their eyes when they saw me and when children like you they trust you and show you love.

I always speak to children with love and kindness.


Love and kindness works on a lot of people, if only more people tried it instead of being hateful arses
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Posted 1/20/17
Like I speak to any other person
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Posted 1/20/17
"What's up young blood!"
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Posted 1/20/17
I talk to kids like I talk to any other person. I'm only 13 so I don't swear or anything like that...although i really only talk to my siblings..
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Posted 1/20/17
child: want to play on the tablet?
me:
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Posted 1/20/17
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Posted 1/21/17
I use words. Yeah. Words.
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Posted 1/21/17 , edited 1/21/17
I've always spoken to children like they were adults or my peers. I can never seem to establish in my head that they aren't just tiny adults and won't understand everything I say. However, they aren't morons, either, and we should never talk down to a child. They're learning and have learned more than you think they have.

Like my 7 year old little sister, for example. She's very bright and smart and understands, because not only I, but my parents talk to her like we talk to each other. Or maybe it's something else entirely, idk. Additionally, she gets really annoyed (and sassy as hell) when people talk to her like a baby.
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Posted 1/21/17
Like I'd try speaking to a cat.

I just make weird "gaah gaah uuh" sounds and hope they understand me. Mostly they just ask me what the fuck I'm doing.
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Posted 1/21/17
Family's babysitter here. Depends on the kid, there's tons of kids between 1-9 in my family and I alway try to talk to them depending on how they are. Introvert: you could see what they like(Games, food, hobbys) and talk about that. Extrovert: Pretty much the same but they wanna play and run all round, sometimes even with you.
ps: be aware of you limits, if they behave bad you can easily change your tone. otherwise you'll be another adult that kids wont respect.

short answer: Be nice if they are nice.
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