“What do you think?”
I was just eight years old when my father asked me this question one day. My mother had tried a new dish but it did not come out well. My parents were discussing how to salvage it. I just happened to be in the kitchen.
That is when my father asked me, “What do you think?”
I remember feeling so good that he asked me, a little kid. I do not know what I said but he seemed happy with it. He said, “That is an interesting solution.”
That “What do you think?” Has stayed with me since then.
I remember he used to ask my elder sister and brother too quite often “What do you think.” I never felt shy about my answer. It did not matter whether my answer was right or wrong or good or bad. It mattered that I tried to think of a solution or an idea.
This mantra is like a seed that you sow in your child. Then nurture it with love and encouragement. My wife and I have done this with our daughter; she was seven when we started this.
She has done better; she has started this exercise with her two sons (6 and 4), a “What to do you think?”
It is your turn now. Ask “What do you think?” to your young kid, or grand child. Or neighbour’s kid. And tell us what happened. We would love to hear from you.