What will you talk to your kids about tonight at dinner?
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?
Start young and create an atmosphere of conversation in your home.
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.
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.
It’s always a good time to talk with your tweens and teens about giving back, however there is something about the holiday season that makes it even more important. This week on Ooph you will be provided with a couple of ways to help your kids give back to others. These questions are a good way to get started. Enjoy getting to know your kids.
TABLE TALK QUESTIONS
2. What is your favorite word right now? Why?
3. If you could give one breed of animal the ability to talk, which one would it be?
4. Which character on television do you think you are most like?
5. Do you like roller coasters? Are you afraid of them and ride them anyway because they are fun? Are you afraid and you ride so people don’t judge you?
6. If you could only eat one thing every night for dinner, what would it be?
7. At what age do you become an adult? What are you most looking forward to as an adult?
8. What is the one thing you are wishing for right now. Why should you have it?
9. What song are you loving the most right now? What are some of the lyrics?
10. What would the perfect Spring Break look like?