Conversation cards is a pack of 56 cards with a wide range of questions designed to reinforce equality messages and get families talking about all manner of subjects; from what animals talk about to who should have the last say in a family.
Together Equal is a not-for-profit specialising in producing conversation cards which raise money for charities while having a social impact by creating conversations which challenge social stereotypes. Follow co-founder Sarah and Together Equal @betogetherequal @sarahairdmash.
Conversations are key to checking in on your children and their emotional wellbeing. A child who feels a connection to their parents is more likely to feel happy. By engaging your child and talking about the little things in life, they are a lot more likely to open up about the bigger things. We often hear from parents after asking their child questions only to receive monosyllabic answers. “My kids don’t tell me anything.” The concern is if your child can’t or won’t tell you about their day, how can you be sure they’ll talk to you about their feelings.
The solution is simple. Conversations make connections. You can also use conversations to help address key issues they might have such as a lack of self-esteem or self-confidence. By making the time to sit with your child and asking them really open-ended questions, it might surprise you what they say:
Conversation starters for self-confidence include:
Conversation starters for self-esteem include:
There are no right or wrong answers, these are just conversation starters which will give you the chance to talk and reassure. Helping children to identify their strengths and talk about their fears, whilst reinforcing their self-belief is always a positive step.
The benefits of encouraging your kids to talk are far-reaching. Through improved conversations, they can be building skills such as:
It sounds straightforward, but if you don’t know where to start here are just three simple steps to follow:
We’ll finish with two words: START TODAY.