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Tips for conversing with children.

How do you talk to someone whose worldview appears different from your own? It’s easy. When communicating with someone, say, on the opposite side of the planet, words tend to flow naturally. We know instinctively that understanding people involves gaining an insight into their life experiences.

By contrast, many of us struggle when speaking to children. The usual rules of human interaction seem not to apply and, instead, we fall back on mimicry and condescension. We try to connect by using exaggerated gasps of enthusiasm or forced emulation of their language and tone.

  • Words:
    Debika Ray
  • Photograph:
    Eve Arnold / Magnum Photos / Ritzau Scanpix

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  • Words:
    Debika Ray
  • Photograph:
    Eve Arnold / Magnum Photos / Ritzau Scanpix
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