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Being Agreeable Leads to Connections

    Curiosity fosters connection. When teens approach conversations and interactions with inquisitiveness, they are more likely to be interested in what each other says.

    Five conversation skills your child needs to know

      Conversation skills can make life easier by enabling effective communication with others. These lifelong skills can help your child build and maintain relationships. Conversation helps resolve conflicts and navigate a variety of social situations. Good conversation skills can lead to exceptional academic and professional success. Effective communication skills improve cooperation and understanding among individuals, leading to better problem-solving and decision-making. Here’s an easy mnemonic to remember the skills you want your child to master: Connect with Cable, C-A-B-L-E Why Cable? In 1877 the first copper-looped telephone cable was set up, reducing the noise over the phone line and helping people… Read More »Five conversation skills your child needs to know

      Listening to People with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

        We can learn a lot about communicating and connecting from Dr. Martin Luther King. You can hear his speech here, and I urge you to listen to him versus me. If you have more than 16 minutes, then yes, I think we can learn how to be better communicators from Dr. King. But if you only have a few minutes today to think about Dr. King, then listen to his speech, soak it in, and be inspired. I hope everyone knows that Dr. King was a fantastic speaker. His name, his image, they immediately conjure up memories of his voice… Read More »Listening to People with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

        My son is lonely

        What Can Parents Do When Their Child Is Lonely

          When a child, a three-year-old or a fifteen-year-old, looks up at you and says, “I don’t have any friends.” It hurts. It just hurts. With the three-year-old, generally, the parent can fix it, sit down and build something, read a book, play with the stuffies, and even arrange a playdate. But it becomes very tricky when playdates become uncool, and mom can’t pick those friends anymore (darn those teens for having opinions). When your child is lonely, your first instinct is to help. Every parent has a moment where their child’s friends’ interests diverge, and suddenly the sporty kid is… Read More »What Can Parents Do When Their Child Is Lonely

          Conversation Tuesday!

            “It’s Tuesday! A fantastic day of the week to reach out to a friend and strike up some conversation!  Start with a question: Would you rather have a full phone battery or a full tank of gas?  Keep the conversation going, listen to the answer, and ask follow-up questions. Which would you rather have run out? Where would you go? What would you do? Try it out, chat with your friends and let us know what you think in the comments! 

            Teen Launches “The Conversation Game” To Connect Peers

              January 2, 2023 Teenager Addison Vogt is launching her Kickstarter Campaign, The Conversation Game, her first product to help her peers connect when making conversations. Vogt’s design consists of three decks of cards known as The Conversation Game and can help teens connect, start talking, and have fun. The three decks each have their purpose. The first one provides ideas to kick off conversations. In the next deck, Addison Vogt deals with texting anxiety, something not uncommon among teens. Finally, a third deck helps deepen conversations, encouraging discussions and debates. Addison Vogt’s experience with isolation got her wondering if its… Read More »Teen Launches “The Conversation Game” To Connect Peers