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Practical Ways to Facilitate Conversations with Your Children

By Brandy Browne

Are you tired of having to wonder what is going on in your child’s head? Tired of “Nothing” or “I don’t know” when you ask them what happened at school or how they feel about something?

With children, it’s not about the question you ask, but rather HOW you ask it. This is something that I come across in my family coaching work over and over. If you want a short direct answer to a question, ask, “Do you want A or B?”. If you want to promote discussion with your child, however, the question needs to be more open-ended.

Jennifer Cafelle (2021), early education professional, outlines five key types of questions to ask children to get them talking in her article, 50+ Questions to Ask Your Kids to Get Them Talking. Here’s a closer look at these five types of questions, and how you can use them to promote discussion with your own children.

To read the article in it’s entirety, visit

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