How does that old adage go? Out of the mouth of babes? Yes, I think that is it.
I often drive my oldest son to school in the morning and we have fantastic conversations on the way. Case in point, we talked about Bakugans and how much he and I love them*. When I asked him if his friends also loved them as much as he did, he became very serious and stated in a tone that did not invite argument, “No.”
When I asked why, he said, “Because my friend’s dads don’t like the game as much as you.”
Did you catch that? Because I showed interest in something that my son liked, it immediately became much more important to him. If you are in doubt that your children put any weight behind your opinion and attention, set it aside now. Even paying attention to and becoming interesting in the smallest of fads means the world to your little geeks. Take the time to learn what they love and they’ll love you all the more for it.
*Disclaimer: I am still not 100% certain what a Bakugan is, but I can hold my own in a conversation with my 6 year old just fine, thank you very much.