When children hit their tween years, they can become less interested in extended family gatherings. Parents can help their tweens enjoy these events by intentionally structuring get-togethers so that these younger family members aren't tempted to tune out.
One good idea is to make a list of 20 questions to hand out to everyone, young and old. They can be as simple as:
- Who was born at home?
- Who has traveled to Alaska?
- Who has seen Elvis Presley in person?
Tailor your questions to the people present so there is at least one person who can answer yes to each question. This little game is a great conversation starter.
Another idea is to grab a video camera and put it in your child's hands. With a camera and a list of interesting interview questions, your child will not only engage with members of the family, but she might also become the life of the party. Years from now, when you look back at the footage, you may enjoy a story that might never have been told, and you'll enjoy your child's precious voice as well.
This article first appeared in the November/December 2010 issue of Thriving Family magazine. Copyright © 2010 by Sally Jadlow and Lynn Cowell. Used by permission. ThrivingFamily.com.
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