Archive for Wednesday, July 10, 2002

Aunt Norie’s Sewing Room

July 10, 2002

Uncle Joe, not his real name, who is a champion for kids and a promoter of the Big Brother-Big Sister program, thinks a major problem for children begins when they are very, very young.

In fact, he believes it starts when they first start to talk and ask questions. They are curious. He thinks that's when parents miss the boat.

Parents and other adults need to take them seriously to gain their trust, respect and confidence. We need to do this before life hands them serious problems and events. If we do, they won't be afraid to tell us about those events or ask us questions.

Oftentimes, a Big Brother hears: "Mom never hears me. She never listens. She doesn't have time for me anymore. She just got stuck with me."

Uncle Joe says the key word is listen. "Make that connection when they first start asking, and it will always be there. Grandparents are great for listening. Mine were," he said. "Even in high school, I'd rush off to share things with my grandma or granddad. They were never too busy."

God bless our great nation. Aunt Norie, P.O. Box 265, Tonganoxie, 66086.

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