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Eye Contact Helps Your Teen Make Conversation And Build Connections

    Eye contact can help build connections by conveying interest, attention, and engagement during conversations. It helps to establish trust, makes the other person feel seen and heard, and encourages them to open up. Additionally, maintaining eye contact can help convey confidence and sincerity. So put your phone down, look up and connect.

    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.

      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!