Conversation starters with kids
Written by Karen Sampson
Talking to, and developing a sense of trust with, children isn’t always easy. Getting them to open up requires an understanding of their perspective and an awareness of the developmental, cognitive, social and emotional stages children move through as they grow up.
One thing is certain about all children: They are like sponges — they’re very good at soaking up everything that’s said to them, and picking up on underlying moods and emotions.
When engaging in a discussion with children, it’s important to always:
Think about where they’re at developmentally
Treat them with respect
Take them seriously
Listen to what they have to say
Share your experiences and knowledge
Be kind, open-minded and friendly
Sometimes just knowing what to say to get things started can be the hardest part. Below, we share some conversation starters with kids that can help you break the ice.