Shared from the BGCA website…
Ways to Start a Conversation with your child.
Talking about mental health is easier than you may expect. It’s as simple as asking questions that help your child open up about their life, knowing what the warning signs are, and getting support when it’s needed. Below is some helpful discussion prompts to get the conversation started.
These questions are meant to help you build trust and open the door for deeper conversations about your child’s thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Consider using these conversation starters at dinner time, after school as a daily check-in, or when you’re spending quality time with your child doing something they love. The more often you open the door for sharing, the more your child will be willing to share with you.
- What makes you happy/sad/angry/frustrated/worried/scared?
- When you feel sad/angry/frustrated/worried/scared, what do you do to make yourself feel better?
- What is something you think you are really good at?
- What makes you a good friend?
- What makes you feel supported?
- If you had a magic wand and could make the perfect life, what would it look like?
- If you were in charge of our house, what would the rules be?
- What do you want to be when you grow up?
- What is the best thing about school?
- What is something you are struggling with or worrying about?
- Tell me about your favorite book/movie/show and why you like it.
- What are 3 things you are thankful for?
- Pick 3 words to describe yourself.
- What do you like most about yourself?
- What’s something you want to get better at?
Shared from the BGCA website, check there for more great info!