I know you. I talk to you everyday. You email, you post to social and some of you even call me. When I ask you, "What's the single biggest challenge facing you right now?" You say things like:
- "Connecting with my son on more than just video games."
- "Connecting with my teen in a busy world. Teaching the kids a biblical worldview without exasperating them."
- "Communication: aligning my intentions with my words and getting through to our child."
One big question I hear from you is, "How do I get my child to open up and talk to me?"
I have you covered in this post. I have seven ideas for helping your child open up and talk to you. You can do this. We can help.
#1 Be patient.
#2 Let the conversation roll.
#3 Shorten the horizon.
#4 Emphasize prayer.
#5 Have a sense of humor.
#6 Grab a snack.
#7 Don’t pressure your child to speak.
Ryan Sanders is the Director of Outreach at Manhood Journey. Ryan is married to Tonia and they have two daughters and one son. He lives in Reston, Virginia, serves at McLean Bible Church as a regional leader and is a die-hard Washington Redskins fan. Learn more about Ryan here and find him on Twitter @RyanSanders.