7 Ways to Get Face-to-Face With Your Tween

I just wrote a post on the importance of face-to-face interaction for tweens. Here are a couple of ways to make sure you are striking a good balance between online and offline time:

  • Make meal times screen free. This is a great time to start conversations about the day and connect with one another.
  • Ask your kids to consider the emotional impact of their electronic communication - good or bad. 
  • Encourage your kids to work out conflict face-to-face. Start with siblings! Help coach them on the words they might use.
  • Model good communication and don't duck the hard conversations. Texting is a great way to stay connected but if something is important make sure you follow up face-to-face.
  • Don't relegate face-to-face time to"big talks" only. Ask your kids to put away their cell phones during the ten minute ride to school or practice. Chat about whatever is on your minds!
  • Support your school's cell phone and technology policies. 
  • LISTEN to your child when he or she wants to talk to you. Put away your smart phone and close your laptop in order to connect.