Listening and talking are learned behaviors. How your children will communicate with others and you is something they are learning from you. Are you talking with and listening to them every day? About things that don’t matter, not just peppering them with questions? Is your homework done? Is your room clean? Did you do what I asked you to do?
When they are teens it is UNBELIEVABLY important that your teens trust you to listen when they talk. They need to be able to come to you and talk about both the meaningless and the meaningful.
Start young and create an atmosphere of conversation in your home.?
I am 17 years into parenting and my teenagers talk with me. Often and about all topics. The reason they do is because I have been talking, asking and listening to them for years. Talk with your kids, do it often, you will reap the rewards when it matters most.
Now that the election has come to an end, whether your family won or lost (or like our family some one, some lost and we are all walking on egg shells) it’s a good time to do a little recon on what the kiddos learned throughout the process. And? To have a little fun too.
1. What is the difference between popular vote and the electoral college?
2. How do you think Romney is feeling this morning?
3. What do you think Obama needs to work on over the next four years?
4. If you were the POTUS what would you be doing today to celebrate?
5. Would you ever want to be President? Why or why not?
6. Why do you think Romney lost?
7. What will you miss the least about this election process?
8. Do you think the people got it right? Why or why not?
9. When you talked with other people about who they were voting for, did you find it hard not to be swayed? Did you find it hard not to argue with them? Did it make you think things about them that you hadn’t before? Is talking with your friends or family about politics fun for you?
10. This officially concludes all election discussions in our home. How does that make you feel?
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