Many moms today spend countless hours in the car, aka the family taxi, because of the many extracurricular activities their children are involved in. Some parents sacrifice their time driving their kids to Christian school or braving the carpool line.
We can turn these times into communication training because we have a captive audience. Sure there may be days where your son or daughter would rather sleep then talk but there are also moments where great conversations can happen. It is our job as parents to create the atmosphere for these moments and then wait. Some times we can spark conversation by just asking a few questions and then listening. You may even have to set up some boundaries for older kids, such as their music or cell phone is not on until they get home. We must take advantage of even the small minutes for communication.
As parents we also need to keep in mind that kids are often the most willing to talk when their hands are busy. This is where we can get creative. Pulling a child in to help you make dinner can not only teach them a life skill but can open the doors of communication. There are certain hobbies that our kids like to do that can be great talk times, such as throwing a ball or shooting hoops. Even some old timey family activities can spark great conversation, like keeping a puzzle out to do as a family or working on a model.
Some activities can even become a family routine like a walk after dinner or a family game night. We can also easily sit with our kids for company as they are doing a chore. While your child is straightening their room go sit on their floor and just listen. Some times the unexpected moments can be the best times to open the doors of communication. We always have to be on the look out to not only see the opportunities around us but to create some fun opportunities for teaching your child how to communicate.