Tip #102 – Conversation Games
Teens can be chatty but not always about things that are important to them. When you ask about their day you will often get a grunt or one word answer that really doesn’t begin to describe the reality of their day. Playing “Did You Know” during dinner, using conversation cards or challenge cards is a great way to learn more about each other and talk about things that go beyond the weather, how school was and the odd grunt.
Did You Know?
Each person has to go around the table and tell something to everyone that they didn’t know. It can be something that happened in their day, an accomplishment, a fear, a like or dislike. If anyone around the table already knew they have to try again until it is something that no one else knew. Everyone has to take a turn before they can get up from the table.
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They are cards intended to start conversations with your family and ask questions in a random way with some element of chance so no one feels unfairly targeted. They ask everything from “What was the thing you missed the most?” to “What is something you want to accomplish in the next month?”.
In the kitchen (in a bowl) put a bunch of cards with different challenges on it. Each day everyone in the family pulls a card. You can also pull one for the absent family member and send them an email with their daily challenge. The challenges can be anything from tell a family member you love them to spend the entire day saying only positive things or ask someone for help. If they completed the challenge there could be some sort of reward. One family tried this and put a $1 in a jar every time a challenge was completed and then used the money when their family member got back to go and and do something challenging together (they bungee jumped!!!).
Teachers could also create challenge jars for their students with challenges like “Tell another student something you do to help keep track of time passing when a family member is away” or “Write or send an email to a deployed or absent family member telling them about something you accomplished this week at school”.
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