As another Christmas passes and we look forward to a new year, one good resolution is to have some regular, repetitive things that you do “in family” to stimulate better communication with your kids. You will want to develop and tailor your own communication ideas to fit your unique family, but here are some examples of things that have worked for other families.
1. Bedtime “happys or sads.” As you tuck a child in bed, ask, “What was your happy today? What was your sad?” Over the course of many evenings, you’ll learn a lot about your child’s friends, social situations, school, fears, etc.