Communicating with children is sometimes a challenge, particularly when you are separated. Recently my friend Barbara told me that she sometimes found it difficult to find topics to talk with her grandchildren about while on Skype. Parents or grandparents can quickly learn to ask questions that will encourage conversation and get more than just a yes or no answer. In our family a favorite question is:
What was the best thing that happened today?
The following are ten basic questions that might help you get started during a video call:
1. I heard that you had a great day today – can you tell me about it?
2. I heard that you had a rough day today – can you tell me about it?
3. What do you think you should have done?
4. What will you do next time?
5. What happened next?
6. What do you like to do after school?
7. I see you have a new haircut, new shirt, lost tooth….tell me about that?
8. I feel sad about that; how do you feel?
9. Can you tell me about your dog?
10. And then what happened?
Don’t hesitate to ask children what they would like to talk about or share something that you did in your day. By age 3 many children have a vocabulary of several hundred words and can speak in sentences. Consider teaching a limerick, a song, or reading a poem or book that the child can enjoy. Don’t let the distance be a barrier to finding topics that you can enjoy together.
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