New Year’s resolutions always seem to be the same: Lose five pounds. Save more money. For parents, how about better, more focused (tech free) communication with their children? The TiffinTalk creator’s “Tech Off. Talk On.” approach encourages fun, engaging conversations, creative thinking, stronger family relationships.
Kat Rowan, of Media, Pa., took a different approach to parent/child communication starting when her two girls were very young through daily questions such as:
*** Where do crumbs go? There’s no right or wrong answer. It just gets kids talking. Once they start talking, it sparks a conversation. And that’s the point.
This tactic worked so well that Kat kept at it as the girls grew up and has since created a business to help other parents start a conversation with their kids.
TiffinTalk (http://www.tiffintalk.com/) conversation cards contain an interesting question that can be placed in a child’s lunchbox with a personal note from a parent/guardian, to get the ideas rolling for a chat later at home.
TiffinTalk is available for children in preschool through high school, TiffinTalk Parent – Child & Teen conversation cards come in seasonal boxed sets filled with 65 daily cards arranged in 13 themed weeks. Each card front features puzzle pieces revealing a completed image over the course of the week to engage the child’s curiosity, while the card back offers a fun fact (“tiffin tidbit”) for older children or an activity (“tiffin treat”) for younger kids. The card’s inside is the focus, presenting a key question on topics ranging from silly or serious to thoughtful or imaginative, with space for a parent to include a personal note or reminder before the card is slipped into a child’s lunchbox to help spark thinking for a discussion later.
We spent a few days using the cards just as the instructions suggested and my daughters really loved our one-on-one after dinner talks. Since I have more than 1 child, I would tuck the note in just one child’s box and say that SHE gets to be the first for our talk, but then I called the others in and asked them the same questions. It was fun! We’ll definitely keep up with this!
Reviewed by child development and mental health professionals, educators and, most importantly, parents, TiffinTalk cards are designed to prompt the return of focused time together, without the distraction of technology, and encourage creative thinking and insights through thought-provoking, open-ended questions.
Cards can be ordered online for $60 per box.
In addition to cards for parents and their children, TiffinTalk is also available for:
Senior parents and adult children (Talking Across Generations (TAG))
Counselors and their clients (FindingYourVoice)
TiffinTalk cards are designed and printed in the United States.
Disclaimer: In exchange for my honest review, TiffinTalk sent my family a box of cards to test out. All opinions are my own and I did not receive any monetary compensation.