When you take the time to talk with your children and really listen, you build closeness and deepen your relationship. Make sure that you take time each day for family conversation so that this becomes part of your daily life. Don't forget to turn off the television, cell phones, pagers, video games and other electronic devices when you are sharing family time.
Instead of asking your kids general questions like, "How was your day?" try getting specific, and you might actually get them to say more than, "Fine." Ask colorful questions like:
Ask silly questions to get your kids laughing:
Don't be afraid to ask your children serious questions to get them to share their innermost feelings:
Nothing's more fun than talking about exciting but improbable situations. Ask visionary questions and dream together:
Get your family involved in telling a story together. Give everyone a turn to add a sentence and listen to the funny story that develops. Start with a prompt like:
Ask open-ended questions designed to help your family members talk about their feelings:
Children and adults alike enjoy talking about their own experiences and learning about the experiences of others. Try some conversation starters that encourage family members to share and compare their memories:
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