As adults, it’s easy to forget the trials and tribulations of childhood. This often leads to a disconnection such as the one portrayed in the scenario above. While not seeing eye-to-eye is par for a parent-child relationship, continued disconnections can lead to a larger rift. One resolution is to increase the empathy in your relationship with role-playing.
It may seem silly at first, but role-playing can open up new and unexpected dialogue between your and your kids. Role-playing allows open communication without real vulnerability or threat. In other words, it creates a safe space where dialogue and feelings open up. Start with small, simple scenarios and progress to more issues as time goes on.
Watch the video above to learn more!
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I tried this with my daughter and we were both in stitches! It actually helped open up the conversation. I also tried it with my son, not as successfully… he was sarcastic for most of the role-playing, but I have to say, we still had a bit of a breakthrough moment. Thanks, Neutrino! 🙂