My sons, aged 11 and 13, spend half of their evenings locked in their room or in front of a computer. — How can I encourage them to share some quality time with their family?
Mélusine Harlé. Share your interests with them and be open to theirs in a good-humoured manner without making any judgments. Your aim is to find what you have in common in order to do things together (charades, intergenerational board games, consequences, etc.). To start a conversation in the evening, tell them about your day and then ask them what they liked best about theirs. Talk to them about your favourite films and show an interest in their video games and preferred YouTube clips. Try to avoid letting them have a computer in their bedroom. Suggest using one in the living room, for example, which will make it easier for you to talk to them and set rules about how much screen time they can have.