Catch up over a meal
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.”