Parenting Technique 17 – Listen and communicate in fun and easy ways.
Your part of the conversation should be made up mostly of open-ended questions that will stimulate your child to talk. These are the kind that will not lead to yes or no answers. Use the words what, how or why to start your questions.
* What happened?
* What did you think about that?”
* How did that happen?
* How did you do that?
* Why did you do that?
* Why did you say that?
Once you get your first answers you can use nurturing words and sounds like “good, oh, really, hmm, etc.” to encourage fuller explanations. Tell me more works really well after that.