Have you ever had trouble communicating with your kids? Does your son or daughter seem to clam up sometimes? I want to share with you three quick ways to get your kids talking.
Stop Talking! – For some people that, alone, is the issue. Jabberjaw comes out in you and you dominate the conversation. Have you ever considered that your child doesn’t talk much BECAUSE YOU DO?Take a breather. Seriously. Pause. Take a breath. And stay silent.
Silence is really, really hard for some folks. But sometimes it is necessary. You might have to wait. Wait. WAIT. And it will get painfully uncomfortable. You are going to have the desire to try and elicit your kiddo to say something. But just wait. Sometimes that’s all the kid needs….an opportunity to speak.
Relax– First off, you’ve gotta relax. Next, you need to be the one to help your child relax. You have to realize any number of things could be effecting your kid. The pressure of being put on the spot, stress and anxiety of life issues, whether at home, or at school, could be something that is clamming your kid up.
Brainstorm– Maybe your kid just has a mental block. How often has that happened to you in life? For me….a BUNCH. Maybe you can through out two or three topics for your kid to talk about. Maybe you need a conversation starter. Do a google search for kid conversation starters. Here is one with 100 questions to ask you kids. Amazon sells one for families of faith called Gabbit. I’ve used it and my kids loved it. You’ll find a bunch to get you started. Remember don’t answer for your child. Let them think and respond when given enough time.
I hope this helps. Share your ideas on how to get kids talking in the comment section below.
Here is a link to Gabbit if you are interested:
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