Does anyone else sometimes find it hard to know how to start a good conversation with their kids? I have to admit, sometimes my brain goes completely blank. I am not a good conversationalist, period.
More than just making conversation however, asking questions build bonds. It tells our kids that we are interested in them and what they are doing. It builds self confidence. In various situations, it also teaches them emotional intelligence, oral presentations skills, and models how to interact respectfully and be interested in others.
When I saw the topic of questions come up on a Leadership Education Facebook page that I am a part of, I loved what I saw. With their permission, here are some of the questions that they suggested, as well as others that I have observed great parents, teachers and mentors ask:
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If you've ever read the book Rich Dad, Poor Dad written by Robert Kiyosaki (which I highly recommend, by the way), you have probably heard of the Cashflow games that were developed by the author to help children and adults understand the difference between assets and liabilities, and to help them understand balance sheets.
Guys, let me tell you that they work.
“Oh ya! Well at least I know how to be nice to people. You only know how to be mean!”
Let’s start by getting the right perspective about sibling rivalry. Here’s an unspoken truth- it is virtually characteristic of all children and it is in all families. The only way to get rid of sibling rivalry is to get rid of the siblings!
Why? Because it’s such an important part of life. It allows our children to learn about reality, the push and pull of relationships and where people’s limits are. In my parenting classes, I shock everyone by saying that I am an advocate for sibling rivalry! And the reason is because they are learning so much while they argue.
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My mom and dad came to visit last weekend. And they did what parents do best: give their kids stuff! In addition to supplying fruit snacks and chocolate milk for my kids, they brought me ValueTales!
I have been coveting the ValueTales book series written by Spencer Johnson (author of the classics Who Moved My Cheese and One Minute Manager) and Ann Donegan Johnson for a while. I grew up with these books, and they really spurred my love of history and character building. But I didn't really want to buy a set for myself, when my parents' set was sitting unused. So being a moocher, I asked my mom if I could "borrow" them. (Ha! And to my siblings: Sorry/Not Sorry! The early bird gets the worm!)
So this weekend, we got all of these books. SCORE!
Hi, I'm Jen! I adore chocolate, I'd rather read than clean my house, and I haven't seen my abs in I-don't-know-how-long. But I love my husband and kids to death and try to Raise The Good within myself and my family by making wise and uplifting media choices and having a deliberate family culture. You are probably doing the same thing. Let's share what works with each other!
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