Tell, Ask, Let Go, Keep Quiet
Keys to opening up conversation with your kids:
- Tell something about yourself or your day. We call this the “Go First” method of communication. When you model sharing, kids are more likely to share.
- Ask about their day, and their interests. More specific questions are easier to get conversation flowing, for instance: What was your favorite part about the party? Rather than, How was the party?
- Let go of distraction. Whenever possible give your full attention to listening instead of thinking you can still read an email or watch a show while your child talks. If you have a task at hand that you can’t put aside, let your child know. (I can listen in 5 minutes.)
- Keep Quiet – it takes time to organize our thoughts, and this is especially true for young children who are processing a ton of new information every day. Staying quiet a bit longer than you might think is necessary after asking a question allows kids to say what they really want to say.
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