By Leslie Crawford
"Fine." "Nothing." "I dunno." OK, so now how are you going to pry information out of your kids about their day? For years Kane has used dinner table games to turn arguing adolescents and tight-lipped teens into spirited conversationalists. One of her favorites: a game she calls "2-Up+1-Down." Each person at the table shares two good things and one disappointing thing from their day. "Celebrating our successes of the day feels good," says Kane. "And talking about the 'downs' gives family members a chance to support each other."
A variation: Give two compliments to another person at the table and then say one thing about something you did that you're proud of. "This game is great for kids who need a boost in their self-esteem," says Kane. And what kid doesn't need mom-and-pop props now and then?
In the unlikely event that these games don't loosen lips, have each family member describe what super power they'd most like to have. Before you know it, the family will be talking about how to achieve world peace. Or the pros and cons of electric blue tights.
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