Kids are different. As parents, we know this. Some will talk your ear off and share everything going on in their lives. Some talk a lot, but never really share what’s below the surface. Others stay mum and it’s difficult to pry their thoughts from them.
As parents, most of us crave quality communication with our kids. So when they don’t share, we’re frustrated. Sometimes we beg for more information. Sometimes we get angry. And sometimes we just talk more. These approaches seldom work.
We’d like to offer an exercise to improve your communication with your student – even before you open your mouth.
Yay! Uh-oh! And Lost Opportunities!
One of the first things that you can do to help you begin to improve your communication with your student actually has nothing to do with your student directly. Spend some time in the company of others and unleash your powers of observation and analysis.