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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Get Your Teenager Talking

About the Book:

Are you and your favorite teenager having too many conversations like this?
""How was school?""
""Soccer practice?""
""Same as always.""
""Anything interesting happen today?""
""Nice talking with you!"

 Let's face it. Teenagers have a PhD in one-word answers . . . if we don't ask the right questions. In this book, veteran youth expert Jonathan McKee shares 180 creative discussion starters to help teens open up about issues that matter. You'll also find tips for interpreting their responses and follow-up questions. From light-hearted to more serious, these conversation springboards will encourage even the most reluctant teen to talk about friends, school, values, struggles, and much more.


This book wasn't exactly what I was expecting.  The first six pages explain 5 tips on how to engage your teenager in conversation.  The rest of the book is examples of questions (called spring boards) which give you an idea of what to ask and how to respond, in a conversation with your teenager.

The information is practical but there isn't a ton of "advice" or elaboration.  It is pages of questions such as: 

What is your favorite smell?  Why?

What is the best birthday gift you could ever receive?

What is your favorite site on the Internet?

If you could speak another language, what would it be and why?

This could be helpful if you have NO IDEA what to ask your teenager or talk to them about.  I'm not sure I would recommend this to someone who needed deeper parenting advice and guidance.


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