Have your kids ever clammed up when you ask them questions? Do you feel like it’s been ages since you’ve heard more than a one-word answer? Perhaps there’s a better way to chat with our kids.
In this episode we discuss five principles for starting great conversations.
1st PRINCIPLE: Question for interest - If it’s important to your kids, it should be important to you.
2nd PRINCIPLE: Question for stories – bring out the storyteller in your child
3rd PRINCIPLE: Question for the long view – anchoring your kid to family identity
4th PRINCIPLE: Question for insight - checking your child’s gauges
5th PRINCIPLE: Question for opinion – learning what your kid really thinks
Talk about this:
What are the most common questions you ask your kids? Do they reflect your values?
Which of the five principles do you need to incorporate into your repertoire?
How can you remember to ask better questions?
Mike Birbiglia asks Obama for baby advice here
Episode #37 - Creating A Family Identity
Episode # 41 - 21 Conversation Starters For Families
Joy’s blog on asking effective questions here
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