Creative Conversation with Children
Start talking! Here are 33 ways to start a meaningful conversation with your child.
What You Need to Know
Children of parents who actively engage in conversation with them have larger vocabularies and better communication skills than those who don’t. It’s a two-way street. In order to converse, you also have to listen. The full article lists 33 concrete examples of things to say to get the conversation started.
How You Can Help
Here are just some of the “opening lines” you might try.
- I think you made a great drawing. Tell me why you picked the colors you did. How did you think to draw that?
- If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
- Let’s go for a walk around the neighborhood and see how many doors we can count.
- What are some of the rules in Grandma’s (or another family member’s) house?
- What should happen if you break a rule?
- Who is your favorite character on TV or in a book? What makes them your favorite? Would you like to be like the character? What would you copy?
For more information about starting conversations with your child, please see the full article:
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