Catch up over a meal

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Make sure that the tele­vi­sion is turned off and all elec­tronic de­vices, in­clud­ing mo­bile phones, are put away. Says Alan: “This sim­ple act will cre­ate a vac­uum in which con­ver­sa­tion can take place. There’s noth­ing to dis­tract any­one from talk­ing and shar­ing about each other’s day. If you like, play soft mu­sic in the back­ground to cul­ti­vate a re­laxed at­mos­phere. When ev­ery­one’s re­laxed, they’re more re­cep­tive to ideas and com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

“In­dulge in healthy con­ver­sa­tion – ask your boy about his sports game at school or who his cur­rent idol or su­per­hero is. If you have a girl, ask about her friends or her pet, if she has one. The im­por­tant thing is to keep the di­a­logue ca­sual – you don’t want them to shut down by grilling them about their re­cent test re­sults, for ex­am­ple.”

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