The Disappearing Art of Conversation

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British children are the unhappiest in the industrial world.

Why Are British Children So Unhappy?

What really stands out in this is that ‘ parents in more than half the countries surveyed spent more time “just talking” to their children than did those in the UK; and that just 40% of UK 11-, 13- and 15-year-olds find their peers “kind and helpful”.

How do we make sure that conversation – long, easy, unfettered talking and listening and sharing and laughing and discovering and remembering and imagining together can keep a central heartbeat in our lives?

I still know of no better suggestion for happiness than having a group of people sit around a table of yummy food together with enough time to not have to think about the time.

But maybe without the skills of asking questions and listening and the capabilities of curiosity and empathy and being fully present, even this is an inadequate solution.

conversation ~ the spoken exchange of thoughts, opinions, and feelings; talk.   [from Latin ‘conversari‘ – to keep company with, from ‘conversare‘ – to turn constantly]

When and how are we teaching conversation to our children?
When and how are we practising our own conversation?

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