Joyful Holiday Conversations: 11 Questions to Help You Talk to Kids.
The holidays are here. Hanukkah ends tonight and Christmas and Kwanza are a couple of weeks away. That means family events are happening. Multiple generations thrust together over good food and gifts. Are you ready? Specifically are you ready to talk to kids at your family events?
Having had a few unplesant interactions with the grown ups in my own family as a child that stuck with me, I’ve always been very carefully in what and how I talk to kids and young adults.
If talking to kids and teens is not easy for you this post will help. Here are 11 open ended questions to help you have joyful conversations with kids at your holiday events.
1. What’s your favorite song right now?
2. Who are you following on YouTube?
3. What’s the best thing about school right now?
4. What have you been or what would you like to do over winter break?
5. Who is your favorite teacher / professor/ subject?(why?)
6. Do you watch TV? What shows?
7. What’s the last movie you saw?
8. How is you (insert sport or hobby here) going?
9. When is your next (match, game, tournament, fundraiser, event, etc…)
10. How do you feel about -insert recent family topic. Example being a nig cousin to baby joy chaser.
11. Are you nervous about (or excited about depending on kids temperament) – insert upcoming change like going to kindergarten/ college, taking a drivers test, getting 1st job, etc..
This post was inspired by an IG post from my friend Chanelle who is passionate about ageism. I hope these questions help you have meaningful nonpatronizing conversations with kids at your next family event.
What are some of your go to questions when you know your going to talk to kids?