I wonder why most adults only speak in kind, gentle tones when they’re addressing young audiences. You see actors and actresses as guests on a children’s show, and they’re smiling and friendly and gentle with all of the children. Find them in their regular roles, though, and those same people may be sharp and sarcastic. Why is “adult” programming so different from “children’s” programming?
At what age should we stop being soft and gentle with children? When does your neighbor or colleague grow too old for you to be positive and encouraging with them? I think I sometimes mistake “they can take it” for “they should have it.” All children need love and gentle encouragement, and I think that just might be something we never grow out of.