Your Kids Don't Want to Talk -- So Use This 'Game' to Get Them to Open Up

Show of hands, who is tired of hearing the same text message response from their child about their day? Short sure as heck isn't always sweet. It will come to a point when real-life emoji expressions will be the new way to communicate. Parents who cringe at "fine" and "okay" as answers are encouraged to try out this new game that will get your kids talking.

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Now before you get excited, it's not a board game (I too was let down a little). Instead, it's a simple way to open up lines of communication and share stories masked as a game.

"High, low, high" gives each person in your home the floor to speak about their day. Everyone will have the chance to talk about the most memorable parts, both good and bad, before ending on a "high" note (get it?). Parenting expert Dr. Deborah Gilboa feels this is a great way to make discussions more pleasant for everyone. She also mentions how too many parents turn a simple question like "how was your day?" into an interrogation to pry for information. Granted many of us are nosy and do want to know the details about our child's life (it's called parenting) but might go about it the wrong way -- or in a manner that doesn't make them want to open up.

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I love my mama but Lord knows she bugged the mess out of me with her 21 questions after school. There were days when I wanted to have in-depth dialogue with her and others when I didn't feel like saying a word. I wish we played this game growing up as it would've made everyone happy. Then again, we had to with my younger sister (more like "give us your top three stories" game) because she just couldn't shut up about her day. One story would turn into seven that made us search for the plug to her mouth (batteries not included).

With this game kids can lead the conversation, and in most cases, give you the tea you so desperately want to sip. While some might consider this game stupid or a no-brainer, I don't see a problem with it -- especially if it helps parents engage better with their child.

 

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