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Wednesday October 2, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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by priscilla dunstan
Knowing how to communicate with other parents is important.
YOUR child is likely to go on play dates with many different parents, so it’s important that you be able to communicate with them clearly and effectively. After all, you will be entrusting your children to their care. By understanding their dominant sense you will have clearer expectations as well as being able to express clearly your own rules for your children’s care.
Tactile parents are practical, goal-driven and action oriented. They tend to be very active in a physical way, which means lots of hugs for their children and a never ending stream of activities. The more the merrier is the tactile parent’s motto, so play dates with more than one child are very normal. Not bothered by mess, they tend to be very relaxed and easygoing with their home environment; what you see is what you get and activities with friends and family are more important than possessions.
Auditory parents tend to be organised and logical. They approach parenting in a methodical manner and tend to solve problems fairly and evenly. The auditory parent has no problem answering the endless stream of questions that tend to come fromkids, so on a play date your child will be blessed with explanations about why things are and how they work. Their children will not be late, un-groomed or without homework so if you find that your child has forgotten a homework assignment, just call up the auditory parent and you will have it in no time.
Visual parents can take a little time to get to know, as they tend to be cautious with involving new people in their home lives. They are aware of the right way to behave and good at giving instructions in a positive way. They can find it hard to be spontaneous so prefer organised and timed activities for their children. You can rest assured that on a play-date with a visual parent in charge your child would have done their homework, had a healthy dinner and completed their music practice as well as having a play with their friend.
Taste and smell parents are very warm and inviting. Their lives will be child-centric and they are focused on their child’s needs. They are very aware of other people’s feelings and will go out of their way to make someone happy. They can be led by your child’s happiness rather than yours, so don’t expect homework to be done or no sugar to be eaten, but you will pick up a very, very happy child who was well looked after.
Understanding a parent’s dominant sense can help you to communicate your needs for both you and your child to be comfortable on a play date, and also discover the joys of parenting from a different prospective. – McClatchy-Tribune Information Services
Priscilla Dunstan is a child and parenting behaviour expert and consultant, and the author of Child Sense.
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