I’ve wondered, you have wondered. The question is born from exasperation. We really don’t expect an answer. Yet the answer is less baffling and mystifying than we think. It’s actually pretty basic and even logical!
It’s in their DNA.
Think about it, it totally makes sense. We are all created in God’s image. We are rational, emotional, relational, volitional, and spiritual.
This creates a genuine need for respect (rational); joy, fun (emotional); love and belonging (relational); freedom (volitional); and spiritual fulfillment (spiritual).
When we take time be a student of our child, we are able to discover which image element needs tending.
To “speak kid” we need to take time to observe and listen to what the child or young person is really saying. Here are 5 typical statements and their translation:
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