By Hettie Brittz. Adapted from Growing Kids with Character 2.0. Copyrighted.
(N.B. – In the USA lollipop trees are known as boxwood trees)
Lollipop trees are the children we need to talk to as though our words were stones and these precious kids were made of glass. It can be exhausting, BUT when we care enough to adapt to their preferred communication style, these sometimes timid little ones bloom into productive and emotionally intelligent delights.
If we really want our lollipops to understand what we say, we will do them and ourselves a favour to follow these guidelines:
- A lollipop listens to the way we speak (emotions), and not only to what we say. We should, therefore, communicate very calmly and in a friendly way. They can “catch on” to our negativity very quickly if we talk in a whiny tone, and then we can expect a nasty reaction.
- Lollipops sometimes have trouble listening and want as many written instructions as possible. Make sketches of rules and put...