What are you saying to your kids?
As you continue to build connections in your family, we remind you to keep it real. Here’s where you may want to raise your awareness even more by noticing what you are actually saying to your kids.
What are you talking about with your kids?
Starting each conversation with,
“How was your day?” means that life could get very frustrating, very quickly.
It takes two to tango and one-word answers like “fine” just don’t make a conversation.
So here are some conversation starters for you:
” ____ happened to me today and here’s how I responded to it. Has that ever happened to you? What might you have done?”
“I heard that ______ is happening in our neighbourhood. Have you heard anything? Do you know anyone who has done that?”
” I heard an interesting interview about this on the radio today. What would it take for you to consider walking to Banff?”
“What is one thing you really want us to do as a family this holiday break?”
If you find yourself saying,
” I don’t talk to my kids because I don’t know what to say,”
here are some ideas.
1. Consider what you want your kids to be learning.
2. Consider what’s important to you for their future?
3. Make a list of the top ten values that you feel are important for your kids to be living now and in the future. Start talking about them now.
When it comes to connection, empathy is so valuable.Check out this wonderful animation from one of our mentors, Brené Brown.