Saturday, May 17, 2008

Silence in the car

When we drive home from preschool, Janey never talks. We are all talkers except her. We drove cross country last summer and there was barely a moment without talking. So it's hard, that 20 minutes without a word from her. I chat away to fill the silence. The other day I was tired of it, and just stayed silent too. She didn't notice or care, in fact, she seemed happy about it. I stayed mostly quiet at home, and she played in the driveway for a long time, seeming to be happy I wasn't bugging her with a lot of questions. She says her little things now and then, but if I don't talk, mostly, she doesn't talk. Should I do more of that? Do I just chatter on to fill the quiet for my own good? Does it help her?