POINTS OF CONNECTION WITH OUR KIDS
AUTHORED BY FOCUS ON THE FAMILY’S VICE PRESIDENT OF MINISTRY & MARKETING, RICH BENNETT
Our friends from Focus on the Family remind us that meaningful conversation with our children may not always be about having more time in the day but about intentionally using time that already exists. We can engage our children more in conversation by using natural points of connection that set the tone for our time together.
Before school: Is there anything you’re looking forward to today? Are you worried about anything? What do you hope to finish today? Do you know someone at school who could use a friend? What is one thing you would really like to learn how to do? If you could be the teacher for one day, what decisions would you make?
Before bed: What big dreams do you have for the future? What is one thing you wish I knew about you? Do you know someone who is truly in need? How can our family help? Who could we pray for tonight? What helps you feel better when you are discouraged?
Start with a few open-ended questions like these, but allow the conversation to flow wherever it takes you. For more conversation starters, download Focus on the Family’s Make Every Day Count app, for the iPhone.