How many times have you heard the terms “unprecedented times,” “today’s climate,” “unsettling,” “the new normal,” and so on? There’s a lot of change happening right now and so many hard things going on that are igniting hard conversations with our kids. So today we’re diving into how best to approach these important conversations—and other important conversations that will inevitably come up—in a way that they will understand.
We have been through a lot of these challenging talks, and we want to share some of the things we’ve learned along the way. Listen in to hear how to truly engage kids by allowing them to feel heard and understood. We also share advice on how to start certain conversations and the best ways to put yourself in your kids’ shoes as you navigate the hard stuff.
0:51 – The hard conversations we are having right now—and at every stage of life—and tips to help you navigate these conversations.
7:58 – Advice on having the sex conversation.
9:58 – The blending-the-family conversation.
13:03 – The role of empathy.
22:52 – Encouraging conversations on your kids’ terms.
- How to avoid lecturing—and what you should do instead.
- The importance of listening and asking questions.
- How to make sure kids feel heard.
- Why you need to validate their feelings.
- The value of alone time with each kid and how to make it work.
- Why you must live by your decisions and know you will not always get your way.
- “There are some hard things going on that are igniting hard conversations.”
- “They’re probably not listening because you’re lecturing on all these reasons that you have but not actually listening to her input.”
- “A big fear that kids have is that they will be rejected for the feelings they have.”
3 Interesting Clips:
- 6:25 – How to engage kids in conversation.
- 10:54 – Why it’s so important to let them get things off their chest and the strange thing that often happens after that.
- 16:23 – Don’t be a martyr. Be an example.
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