After yet another awkward and one-sided conversation between my 8-year-old daughter and an adult, I established the "two statements and two questions" tactic. I encouraged my daughter to share two facts about herself when engaging in conversation with an adult and coached her to ask the adult two questions.
At first the things my daughter shared were not always relevant to the situation. "We found two dead mice in our crawl space." Or my personal favorite: "Do you think stuffed animals have feelings?"
Having her think beforehand through possible statements and questions helped. My girl's confidence grew as she quickly learned how even off-topic statements can lead to comfortable conversation with adults.
This article appeared in the January/February 2014 issue of Thriving Family magazine. Copyright © 2013 by Amy Sullivan. Used by permission. ThrivingFamily.com.
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