Adults have a tendency to ramble. Verbal diarrhea doesn’t serve us well; especially when our audience has the attention span of a 2-year old. If you want the kid to be “all ears”, make it concise. You only have so much time before you lose her to Tickle-me Elmo.
For some, it’s tough to tame the tongue. Something that might help, is traditional Haiku: poetry that is made up of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five.
Wham bam poetry slam!
A rambler’s rehab.
Here is my Haiku sample (yay, another item crossed off my Spring TTD list). The theme is the ephemeral nature of cherry blossoms.
This poem was inspired by the blossoms and dedicated to my grandfather who is living his last few days.
I wish both beauties would last forever.
Practice Haiku and you might just learn how to say more, with fewer words.
In what other ways can you encourage concise communication with your family?
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