In our Family, we Question other people’s Ideas and Opinions
- When watching a film, reading a book or reflecting on a real life situation, look for opportunities to question a person’s actions, ideas or opinions. For example: “Do you agree with that? What would you have done? Do you think they are right?”
- Model having healthy, robust conversations with one another. Show your children that different perspectives can be shared, without any one person dominating. Purposefully model scripts such as “That’s an interesting perspective, but it’s not one I share.” “Whilst I respect your opinion; I have a different one. “ “I think we need to accept a difference in opinion.”
- When deciding a family expectation or rule, invite your children to respectfully question your decision. For example: “I would like you to leave your phone outside your room when you go to bed. These are my reasons why. What do you think about this decision? Is there something I have missed that we need to talk more about?”
- Teach your children helpful filters to question, reject or disarm comments intended to hurt them. For example: “Do I trust this person? Do I value this person’s opinion? Why might this person have said this? Is there someone I trust who might have a different opinion on this?”
- Explore age appropriate visual strategies to help your children dismiss hurtful comments or opinions. For example: a brick wall blocking the comment, batting the comment away with a racket, turning down the volume on the speaker or taking batteries out of the person’s remote control with which they are trying to get a reaction.