Building character through family conversations doesn't have to be a mystery.
Our guest blogger, Ron Huxley, is a Marriage and Family Therapist and the author of Love and Limits: Achieving A Balance in Parenting.
Today Ron is offering us tips for holding meaningful family conversations.
"...the answers are all around us. We swim in them. I think there are many, many opportunities for discussions if parents are interested in asking questions and willing to be nonjudgmental in their reactions.
Ron's Easy Family Conversations to Get Kids Talking:
- about kids views on things in the news
- about the driver that just cut mom off on the road
- about people who drink too much
- why teachers give so much homework
The process here is probably more important than the product," says Ron.
Jean's Response ~ Parenting Tips for Conversations and Character:
I like Ron Huxley's ideas because when we pay attention to the things around us, there's plenty of good conversation starters. Like Ron said, when you get cut off the road by another driver, there's something to discuss.
Instead of cussing out loud, you can ask your kids, "Did you see that?" Listen to their comments.
Then ask, "What do you think of drivers who cut people off? Why? Listen again. Of course, you can speak but get them to talk first. And like Ron suggested, be nonjudgmental.
What an easy way to get kids thinking, building character, and have a meaningful family conversation too.
Your Action Step:
Look for simple everyday events and discuss them with your kids.
What Ideas Would You Like to Share?
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With warm wishes,
Jean Tracy, MSS
Jean's Website ~ http://www.KidsDiscuss.com
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