Blah, blah, blah…
Parents can make a big difference by helping children work through their thoughts and theories without scoffing or criticizing. Awareness of this pattern of development can help parents avoid expecting young children to think in ways of which they are incapable, and avoid holding children responsible for “understanding” or “agreeing to” things they can’t really comprehend.
Some parents will say, “I explained it and he said he understood.” What probably happened was the child heard “blah blah blah blah, okay?” and said “Okay.” ~~Sandra Dodd
This is one of my favorite quotes! Months ago, when I read Sandra Dodd’s unschooling book, I laughed when I read this. My 4-year old wanted to know what was so funny, so I read her this passage. She smiled and said, “Yep, that’s true, Mama!” 🙂 To this day, if I am explaining something and she’s not receiving it well, she’ll laugh and say “Blah, blah, blah, okay?” and it reminds me to stop and take a different approach.
You can find more musings from Sandra Dodd here.