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An interesting way to understand your children better

Should you share what you have understood with your child? It may be a good idea.

One final word. This is about listening with your head and the heart. Not giving advice. (Resist the temptation to jump in to talk about what you did when you were his age!)

Have fun!


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Sridhar Ramanathan is the Founder of IDEASRS, where he is also a Strategic Innovation Coach. Sridhar’s mission in life is “to help those who want to do things better and differently”. His work involves conducting creative problem solving workshops for clients, and buidling competencies in creativity and innovation. He also blogs at www.ideasrs.com.

5 thoughts on “An interesting way to understand your children better

  1. Kritika Srinivasan

    This is so innovative and interesting Sridhar. And your example with Abhay shows that it can be used to great effect! A couple of questions:

    1. Is it recommended that parents do this exercise or someone else – a person who the child is comfortable with but does not know too well? I ask because I am wondering whether the child’s responses will be coloured by the fact that her parent is asking these question, so she may choose to make the answers ‘acceptable’, or in some cases, ‘provoking.!
    2. Secondly, at what age do you think something like this should be carried out? I would love to try it out with my daughter, but feel she may be too young to articulate some of the things – she is almost 8.

  2. Sridhar

    Hi Kritika,

    1. Parents should carry out the conversation themselves. That would be preferable. If they believe some one else might be able to help the kid open up and speak freely, they can consider an outside person.
    2. I don’t have a definitive answer to the prescribed age. I think you can try this with your 8 year old daughter. I believe it will work. As long as we enjoy the process, have an open mind and don’t worry about what will come up or how to use it. Don’t use it to somehow validate your views, won’t work. Kids are quite sharp and they will sense it.


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