Teaching Children The Art Of Conversation
by Katy Mack
The Art of Children's Conversation
We have a fabulous game called, TAOC® The Art of Conversation, which has changed our family life for the better in so many ways.
Rather than the television and computers, we turn off the screens from Monday to Friday while we have dinner and we talk about all sorts of topics. Even our teenagers participate, and I think this is because this game sets guidelines, where everyone takes a turn at speaking, so the rest of the family learns to listen. It's not about one-upping each other, or smart remarks, it's about things that matter.
We are finding our relationships are better, because apart from having high quality time together, we understand each other better because we have learned to listen to each person's opinions and discuss varied issues.
I'm making it sound very serious, but we have lots of laughs too.
Family Sharing Time
The family dinner table used to be the place where the day's experiences and thoughts were shared, but life is pretty intrusive these days, and lots of families don't take the time to sit and talk. TAOC has given us topics and ground rules that help us communicate as a family in much more in depth ways than we used to.
My sister was co-developer of these resources. I am proud of that because I know how much it has helped our family, and many others. One of my children was adopted from another country, and I think that TAOC has helped her become attached and bond with us - she feels validated and loved, and listened to.
Even our extended family dysfunctional gathering ended up being fun as we put this on the table during that after dinner slump! TAOC® not only helped my children to become confident speakers and attentive listeners, it has proved to be great fun for people of all ages.
Of course I'm biased, but I really do believe, this is probably the best money you will ever spend on a family game!