Conversations with kids?
September 4, 2013 9:40 AM Subscribe
I'm an uncle to three great kids, who are 12, 9 and 4. I love talking to them and listening to what they have to say about whatever they want to talk about. Our conversations end up being pretty fun and freewheeling, but sometimes I wonder if I should be putting more effort into what we talk about. Am I over-thinking this? More inside.
posted by averageamateur to human relations (13 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
In general, I let them dictate where the conversation goes -- for example, this will lead to my 9 year old nephew rambling for 30 minutes about things he did in Minecraft. I don't mind this at all, and I love just listening, but I have this nagging sense that I should be having more "substantial" conversations with them about the world, or school, or...whatever. I remember being a kid and hating it when adults just talked at me or down to me, so I often resist the urge to lecture or give unsolicited advice. Am I right in thinking this? Should I be doing anything differently? Should I just relax and keep doing what I'm doing?