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Opening a Conversation with Kids

Author GreatDad Writers
Submitted 08-01-2007

Often, you open a conversation with your kids – when you ask him questions about his experience in school, the playground, or elsewhere. Have you been in a situation where you asked a question, and all you got was a laconic, one word answer? Then maybe you need to frame your questions better.

Keep Your Questions Open-Ended
Avoid questions that elicit monosyllabic responses. For example, how was class today might evoke ‘good’, ‘ok’, or even a ‘hmmm’ for an answer. You could ask your child what he did in class today, and there you go. He might just recite a rather descriptive essay he wrote in his mind about his class.