[Note: The following text was taken verbatim from the “M Men-Gleaner Manual, Love, Marriage, and You” used in 1956-1957. Previous entries in this series can be found here.]
Talking With Your Children
ONE NIGHT little Timmy, age four, awakened about two o’clock in the morning. He was screaming, “Mother, mother, come here, a bear is chasing me!” The mother awakened and went into the room. The boy was still screaming, sitting up in bed. What did she do? She handled the situation very well. She took the boy in her lap and calmly said, “Tell me, Timmy, what you saw.” He began immediately to settle down. He screamed a little more, but pretty soon said slowly, “Well, the bear is gone . . . I guess I have been dreaming.” The mother just let him talk about it, did not chastise him, did not tell him to be quiet, and in a few minutes he was off to dreamland. Some parents, faced with this same situation, might have done just the opposite. They might have come in-of course it is difficult to be accepting and loving at 2 o’clock in the morning with a scream getting you out of bed-and said, “Now, Timmy, you be quiet. It is two o’clock in the morning…. Now you shutup!”
1. How would you have handled the above mentioned situation?
2. Is it important for children and youth to be able to talk with their parents?