A Focus Series

Getting kids to talk

Tips to keep the lines of communication open
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Some kids are natural talkers – they have no problem giving parents a play-by-play account of their day. But many kids lean the other way, staying tight lipped about everything. That radio silence can be worrying for parents. We need to know what’s going on in our child’s world, and we need to be sure our child would confide in us if they were upset, confused or in trouble. If you’re tired of probing and prodding and still getting one-word responses from your child, the articles on this page will hopefully give you some new insights and ideas.

Connecting with kids

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Connecting with teens

Recommended resources

How to Listen So Your Kids Will Talk by Becky Harling