Posted by Barack Levin on December 7th, 2011
Many parents ask me: “How can I engage my kids? What can I talk to them about? They never want to tell me anything any way”. My answer is very simple: engage them in the simplest everyday things. Make benign things a fun and mind blowing experiences for them.
I was going to visit a friend who lives in a gated community. The kids were with me at the car. Before reaching his gate and keying the entry code, I had a great idea.
“Kids” I turn back.
“Yes” they answer
“We are approaching his house but we need to key in his gate code to enter the community. I do not remember the code but I know it is 5 digit long. Do you mind trying to guess what it is?”
I can see how their eyes sparkle. Dad needs their help. They consult with each other for a few seconds and come up with a series of 5 digits.
“Ok” I reply as we stop by the keypad “Let’s try. Give me the numbers” and they do. I hear behind me: “3, 2, 7, 8” a little commotion and the last number comes in as well “5”.
I reach the keypad and key in the right code given to me by my friend but say out loud the numbers they just gave me, asking them to repeat them one more time but slowly.
“3, 2, 7, 8 and 5” I call out loud as the keypad beeps my entries.
To my kids’ utter amazement, their imaginary “code” works and the gate opens.
This small incident was the talk of the day. They could not believe how smart they were to guess the code.
It is the simple things in life that ignite our kids’ imagination. No need for cumbersome and elaborate electronic toys or video games.