Looking for some quality face time (and not just FaceTime) with your kids? Some fascinating new research highlights the importance of family conversation.
Here are four talking points that are definitely worth knowing:
- Looking for one of the very best ways to increase your child’s literacy? Here’s the unexpected answer: Keep reading out loud to them (even when they can blast through Harry Potter on their own). Here is a truly great article about maintaining story time.
- One study suggests that parental involvement — checking homework, attending school meetings, and discussing school activities at home — has a more powerful influence on students’ academic performance than anything about the school the students attend. Read more here.
- In her just-released book Reclaiming Conversation, MIT professor and author Sherry Turkle discusses the critical importance of parents’ “conversational attention” towards kids to develop a sense of “enduring connectedness,” says Jonathan Franzen, who reviewed the book here.
- But more isn’t always better when it comes to conversing. Research reveals that kids’ vocabulary improves most when parents’ conversation is more about quality, not quantity of words. You heard it here.