Here is a story about two species that are friends but they run into a bit of a snag. The Monkeys and the Crocodiles have been buddies for some time now but something is not quite right in the jungle that day. It all takes place on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. The monkeys arrive at the field to play their Sunday afternoon game of baseball and oh, oh. Coconuts are what they used for baseballs, and no coconuts could be found!
The Monkeys need to get the other side of the river. They need help from their friends the Crocodiles. As the Monkeys walk over toward the crocodiles, the crocodiles see them coming and are not so pleased. Hmmm, I wonder what is going on? The Crocodiles are mad and hurt. This is because the monkeys always ask for help but never include the crocodiles in their fun game of baseball.
Well, I’m sure you can get what’s going on. Communication breaks down and feelings are hurt.
My children’s picture book, “Monkeys and Crocodiles Play Baseball” is about communication and feelings. We have to remember to communicate with our children in a way that will give our children comfort and a safe feeling on a daily basis. We tend to talk over our kids and talk at them instead of to them.
I believe the big thing here is to let our kids know they can talk to us about anything. The way to achieve this is to make sure they know we will not get mad or upset or try to fix things. Sometimes our children just need a trusting heart and a sound ear. Many times our kids let their feeling stir up inside and things can get frustrating for them.
We as parents need to let our kids know we are there for them. We will not judge but only support them and listen. The communication bond does get stronger and more trusting. Please understand that it is very difficult for kids to open up and share feelings sometimes. This is why we need to listen with our hearts. We need to know when a story is sometimes just a story full silliness, and when another is full of hurt and bad feelings. Either way, be there for your kids no matter the level of urgency.
Angel Krishna/Children’s Book Author