How’s the Weather?
One of the most benign topics of conversation is the weather. Weather is also the least threatening type of conversation. You can discuss weather with a complete stranger or even someone with whom you are in a disagreement and there is no offense. If you are new at meaningful table topics around the dinner table, try talking about the weather with this new twist.
How would you describe your mood in weather terms?
Listen for keywords that help you understand what they are really feelling. Just because they pick a cloud-filled rainy day does not mean they are depressed. They may simply like the idea of spending time inside playing board games.
What is your favorite kind of weather and why?
Encourage them to expound on their answer to give you a better idea of why they enjoy the kind of day they choose. A sunny day can be an indication of loving the outside and playing with friends, but listen for their explanation of “why” to hear their hearts.
If you could choose the kind of weather day we have tomorrow, what would it be?
Explain that choosing a snow day to cancel school does not count because if you could really choose the weather, school would not be a problem. In addition to listening to them describe how they would choose the weather, watch their expressions for joy, excitement, and expectation.
You will find that talking about the weather in terms of your child’s mood can lead to deeper discussions and, even without them completely knowing, you will discover your child’s attitude toward their life and surroundings.