Awkward trips to the doctor with your dad including questions asked of a young woman in an open room. First the regular questions with the regular answers and then it gets real personal, really fast...Is this really necessary?
In our family awkward conversations are a cornerstone of our philosophy - if we aren't having those awkward conversations about taboo topics with our children then someone else is. As a parent you have to decide whether you are going to create an environment where your children can ask you any question, regardless of content, so that you can discuss as a family or if you are willing to allow outside influences to be the sounding board for those in your care.
Uncomfortable conversations start at a young age often with bad words, how you respond and deal with your children discovering alternative language will set a precedent for how young ones will or will not bring questions to you about things they see, hear and experience throughout their life. A great starting point that we were encouraged to use for example would be that when a child hears a word that they do not understand (even if that is a four letter word) they should wait until they get home and bring it up at the dinner table so that the family can discuss the meaning of the work and whether this is a word that our family should be using.
We can take away the power of negative words by understanding them and explaining the use of language and reclaiming its beauty.
We can create an environment of communication in our homes by turning taboo into teaching moments.
We believe that it is so important to remember as a parent that if you are not having these awkward conversations with your children, someone else is.
Jon Isaacson. Green belt in the puzzle art of business. Helping people clarify their vision, optimize productivity & follow through w/ creative solutions #MTWSL
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