Last week, I introduced parenting the Socrates way, where I outlined the benefits of parenting with questions.
Today, I will continue with this parenting technique and explore the “right and wrong” questions and subsequently the “right and wrong” answers.
When I introduce this technique to parents, many of them ask about the right and wrong questions to ask their children. As you probably know (from reading my other articles), “right” and “wrong” are not words I like to use. I do not believe questions can be divided into “right” or “wrong”. I prefer to call them “effective” or “not effective”.
There are 6 things you can do to make sure your questions are effective.
When you ask a question, wait for the answer. Actively listen to your kids’ answers. Avoid thinking of your next question or the next sentence and just listen! When you ask and then wait for an answer, you build a relationship that encourages communication.