23: Crayons

How many times have you had the following lack of conversation with your kids…….

Me:  So, how was school today?

Noah: I can’t remember.

Me:  What was one thing you did today?

Noah: I can’t remember.

It can be frustrating.

Go grab a coloring book or blank sheet of paper because today’s word in our  42 Words to a Better You series word just may help to bring those dull parent/children chats into living color.

23: Crayons

I’m sure that I’m not the only one who has experienced this lack of feedback.  Perhaps it’s simply a case of being worn out from the day.  Or perhaps it’s a case of asking the same monotonous lead in questions.  Well, I have found one solution that has worked in our house to help brighten up the daily conversation.

Our children are just like us.  Nobody wants to get bombarded with questions as soon as they get home.  Home is a place to unwind from any of the meltdowns you may have had during the day — a place to unbox from your day.

I have learned that rather than hounding your kids with questions, sometimes you have to create an environment or activity conducive to casual chat. For me, this is where I grab the box of crayons.  It seems that some of our best talks have been had while coloring.  Here are some of the reasons why I think coloring has helped in the art of conversation:

  • Therapeutic – there is just something so tranquilizing about the act of coloring. It makes conversation much easier when there is no forced pressure to talk.
  • Sharing – not only sharing crayons, but sharing and exchange of ideas and opinions such as “what color do you think should go here?” etc.
  • Stimulating – adding colors to a white page helps to get the brain going
  • Accomplishment – a sense of accomplishment is achieved when you take a step back and look at your creation.  This makes the process positive and rewarding.

I hope today’s word “crayon” not only melted your heart, but also inspired you to sit down and enjoy a chat with somebody special in your life. As you can see, not only do crayons do their best work outside of the box, but so does thinking.

What are some of the ways that you encourage conversation? I would love to hear your thoughts.  Leave your comments below.  Also be sure to subscribe to my blog so that you get emailed when I post something new.