How to get your child to talk about tough stuff


Kids typically don't have the words to define what they feel, what they want to know or to tell you. By getting into a play session, whether it is building blocks, coloring or basketball, you provide an opportunity to build trust, a loving relationship and a way for your child to share their concerns in an indirect way. While playing, a child or teen may relate bits of conversation to what they are thinking about or the experience may be a way to demonstrate what is on their mind. Play also offers opportunities to work out answers or solutions. It also shows your child they are worth your time, something there is never enough of and the only thing they truly want.       So when you are worried about child, sit down and play. It is good for both of you.