Conversations between adults and their children are important for the family and child development, according to Dr Anthony Costandius, a counselling psychologist from Durbanville, who specialises in family psychology. It is against this background that Holiday Inn Hotels and Holiday Inn Resorts introduced Chatterbox Conversation Cards, a fun, family-friendly activity for getting the conversations going during holidays, in a bid to spark deeper sharing and bonding in families.
To inspire conversations between parent and children, Holiday Inn is offering the Chatterbox Conversation Cards for complimentary usage at participating hotels and resorts in the region. The fun cards are made especially for families and young travellers ages 3 to 12. They contain 30 conversation-prompting cards to stimulate reasoning, logic, creativity and problem-solving abilities in children, suitable for use at home or whilst on holiday. Through these card families can enjoy many benefits from conversing with each other regularly, the first being the opportunity to grow closer. From talking about preferences to discussing goals and aspirations, conversations allow family members to build rapport as they learn about and understand each other better. Regular positive conversations also foster a sense of affirmation and togetherness in children, helping to nurture them into healthy, well-rounded adults.
“Conversations between adults and children go to the core of family and child development and these need to be facilitated innovatively, the Chatterbox Conversations Cards can stimulate these meaningful family conversations. They provide a fun way to introduce engaging conversations while travelling or on a family vacation. To make these conversations succeed, the parents need to work hard at ensuring they listen to the child to understand their thoughts and feelings. It’s important for parents to make time to converse with their children, the Chatterbox Cards can be used during meal times or during quality family time, at home or while travelling. They can provide an enjoyable bonding experience for families, while being educational at the same time,” explains Dr Costandius.
He adds that family conversations can also hone children’s social and communication skills.
Through the Chatterbox Conversations Cards, Dr Costandius adds that parents have the perfect opportunity to boost their child’s confidence by encouraging them to share their opinions and hone children’s articulation skills, while motivating them to keep participating actively in the world around them. Dr Costandius adds that regular family conversations can also spark a child’s curiosity and develop their logical reasoning skills, in turn boosting their intellectual development. “Try asking open-ended and stimulating questions as they prompt children to analyse the questions and structure their thinking to deliver comprehensive and thoughtful responses. It’s also a great way to get curious chatterboxes reflecting on the wonders of the world and forming lasting travel memories.”
A WAY TO BOND
Lee Lin Teo, Head of Brand Management, Asia, Middle East & Africa says enabling families the opportunity to bond and create lasting memories has always been their aim at Holiday Inn. “We hope that through the Chatterbox Conversation Cards, families will be able to spend even more quality time together through a fun and rewarding activity that they will continue with their little ones even after their vacation.”