Parenting Behaviours Audit

Consistent parenting with an agreed set of behavioural boundaries will help your child to flourish, so it’s something we should all be aiming for. If you co-parent, taking half an hour together to audit each other’s strengths and to consider the things that you agree and disagree on can be a fruitful way of developing a more cohesive parenting approach. Use this template to spark the conversation.

Researcher of the Month: Mishika Mehrotra Discusses the Importance of Dinnertime Conversation

Our researcher of the month, Mishika Mehrotra, talks to Dr Weston about the importance of mealtime conversation between parent and child. Join us to learn more about why mealtimes are so important, what Mishika will be investigating and how to encourage children to open up during family chat around the table. Mishika is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge Scholar, and is definitely a researcher to watch out for in the future!

Template for Difficult Conversations

Approaching difficult conversations can be nerve-wracking. Relational coach, Sally Graham’s conversation model was originally devised for use with professional colleagues, but we think it can be applied to any situation – at home, at work or with friends. It helps to structure these tricky chats, provides suggested sentence starters and helps participants to shape what could be an awkward discussion into something productive and worthwhile.

Family Audit Template

It can be useful to have periodic family conversations where you all evaluate things that are working well in family life and things that could do with tweaking or improving. This template might help to frame the chat and will give all family members the chance to think about things that work well and things that don’t before you all talk together. Print out a copy for each of you beforehand and use it to make notes, observations and goals about family life.

My Family Life: Reflecting on what’s Good and what Could Be Better

Life at home with our family can be many things, both good and bad. At different times, it might feel fun, infuriating, calm, crazy, comforting, loving, a bit dull or mundane. There are probably things that you love and adore about it and other things that really get on your nerves. It can be useful to get everyone in your household, adults and children, to reflect a little on family life, thinking of the positives and negatives, and then think together about how to change or remedy some of those little annoyances.

Turning Over Stones: How to ‘Audit’ Family Life and Have Difficult Conversations

We all have things that work in family life and things that don’t. It’s useful to have periodic family conversations where the whole family evaluates the aspects of family life that are great and those that could do with tweaking or improving. But sometimes, especially with teenagers, it’s hard to know where to start! Use these 10 top tips to help initiate these family chats, and make them more productive and meaningful.

Why Won’t My Child ‘Open Up’?

All loving parents want their children to talk to them about how they are feeling and the things that are going on in their lives, but it’s not always easy to get them to open up. In this video, Dr Weston explores some reasons why your child might find checking in with you a bit tricky and provides some simple strategies which can help to make these conversations feel easier for you both.

65 Topics for Dinnertime Chat

Dinnertime conversations are important for our children’s resilience and academic attainment. Engaging your children in dialogue around the dinner table helps to hone their speaking, listening and thinking skills, connects you as a family and, hopefully, injects a bit of laughter into your day. Here are some ideas to encourage open discussion.