Principal’s News – March 2019
Keep the Ball Rolling: Encourage Them to Talk
The key to getting a child to open us is to say very little. Kenneth R Ginsburg in Building Resilience in Children and Teens suggests two keys points when encouraging your children to talk. First, remember the power of silence. Saying nothing can send a loud message that you are accepting the person who is talking. Second, listen attentively and give brief statements. When you do this your child knows you’re impressed that they are talking and you are eager to hear more about what they have to say. Some examples include: Tell me more. Wow, you have quite a story. Please keep talking, this is interesting. It means a lot that you feel comfortable talking to me. This month’s challenge is to be intentional about your conversations with your children and encourage them to talk more and for you to listen more.