- Eat dinner as a family and have a give and take conversation, make sure to ask your children open ended questions (questions that require a response other than a yes or a no)
- Ask your children what their favorite part of their day was; what their least favorite part was; what was the hardest part of their day was, etc
- Ask them about school
- Have them get ready for bed earlier and have a quiet conversation with them while they are settling down in bed. Read them a story first and then you can talk about the story.
- look at and face the person you are talking to
- make eye contact
- listen carefully and repeat a little of what they say
- ask questions to get more details
- be in the moment
Carolynn is an an Early Childhood, Elementary Education teacher, turned stay at home mom to 4 children: 6, 5, 3, and 20 months. She blogs about parenting and life at www.mylittlebitoflife.com.