Not everyone in the family loves to talk and share. Finding conversation starters that match each one is often hit and miss. As the children get older there’s a lot more eye rolling and they spout what they think you want them to say. It’s time for a different type of conversation starter.
Apart from the usual yes and no questions, as parents we wonder what our children would do in certain situations. What they know to do and what they do is often very different. I share that in a story I recall about a Minion in this episode.
What would happen if as parents we could talk about what we would do in the moment before it happens?
I think we can and have great conversations that show families values and attitudes in action not just what they think we want to hear.
During this episode we talk about having and initiating conversations when you have different aged children about subjects near and dear to your heart without getting the eye roll or that forced feeling.
- The trouble with most conversation starters
- When you feel the family pulling away from conversation they used to participate in.
- What you can do instead when you start getting the eye roll or the guarding of answers
- How we can learn from our children’s mistakes.
- How one family adapted and changed the way they have conversations
- Solutions to conversation starters for on the go parents in the car
- Solutions for conversation starters during meal times
Raising Playful Tots – the podcast for parents who want to make the most of their playtime and enjoy simple parenting
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This is part two of a three part series on setting our homes for success.
Download your character conversation card from the episode
Activities to do at meal time and the books and cards to use to encourage conversation past the one word answer.
- Setting the family dinner table for more than food
- Completing the Family Meal Ritual
- Questions to start the conversation when talking to family
- The Power of Questions
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