Thursday, July 9, 2015

Crashing Markets

Kids listen to what we say but do they always understand what we mean? The short answer is no. Now let me tell you why.

My husband was listening to the NPR news brief and they were talking about the markets crashing in Greece. I have brought this up to them a few times because much of our school year was about Greek history. I thought they would be interested to know they current state of affairs of this country so that they realize that it is not just a picture in a book. Apparently, I didn't explain things very well.

"What does that mean, Daddy?" my three year old asked.
"What does what mean, bud?" 
"Crashing. Why is it crashing?"
My six year old jumped in to take care of the question. "Well, Drew, do you know what Publix is?"
"It's a market, right? Where you buy things.  Well, they have markets in Greece, too.  Did you know that Drew?"
"Yeah, they do! And when the market crashed in Greece the whole things just fell down and crumbled!"
"Oh man. That bad."
"Yeah, that's why it's on the news."

My husband praised him for his explanation then gently told him they were referring to their banking system and not the food markets. Later, my husband said you could see his little brain processing and updating his file of information.

Kids can so easily misunderstand what we say.  That's why it's so important to talk to them about what is going on in their lives. It can certainly provide comic relief but it can also help them to navigate this big wild world we live in. 

Spend a few minutes doing something with your kids this week (something they want to do) and talk.  Just be sure you spend most of them time listening. You might be surprised at all they tell you.

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