Making Parent-Child Communication Happen

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Time: When the latter (or last) of the participating family member comes home, a minimum of
ten minutes per conversation.

Location: A spot in the home that provides some privacy and where interruption is least likely.

Ground Rule: Both (or all) participants must stay seated during the entire conversation.

Some Suggested Questions: (Best are questions without yes/no answers)

– Describe what happened today.
– What were the high points?
– Did you have any disappointments or angry moments? What were they?
– Does the child have much homework? Can the parent be helpful?
– What can we do over the weekend?
– What family problems do we need to discuss?