Do you feel like you are running out of things to talk about at home? Feeling like you are stuck in a bit of a hampster wheel of work, school, groceries and maybe a walk?
We hear you. Things are definitely starting to feel a little repetitive and although the situation we are in is not ideal. We can use it as an opportunity to start to build a great connection with our children and family.
Now is a great time to start to get to know each other a little better, ask those questions you have always wanted to know the answers to but never felt like you have had time to sit still long enough to ask.
Are you curious about your teenager’s new interests in gaming? Or are you wondering how your child is coping with not seeing their friends? Now is the perfect time to ask. You may not be able to fix it but you will be able to provide comfort to your child through empathising with there experience.
If you are not sure where to start, here are some helpful conversation starters you may like to try out.
- Tell me about the things you most enjoy?
- What things are currently worrying you?
- I know there has been a lot of change this year, how are you coping with it all?
- I have noticed you have started …. (playing this game, watching this person on youtube, drawing) can you tell me more about it?
- What is your favourite memory?
- Is there anything you are really missing at the moment?
The intention of these conversations is not to change anything or to come up with a solution for any of their concerns. It is simply to build connection through mutual understanding and empathy for the things that may be a little difficult at right now.
If you are interested in hearing more about the Tuning in to Teens Program please email us at [email protected]