Does this sound familiar? Mom: “How was school?” Response: “Fine” or Mom: “What’s New?” Response: “Nothing”. So what is a mom to do? On a recent vacation with my daughter and her best friend, I learned a lot about how to get your daughter to talk to you, and how she sees the world. And the biggest “aha” moment was instead of asking them in conversation, I recorded their responses on video.
The next time you want to know something that is happening with your daughter try using the medium she uses to communicate. Texting? So yesterday! Today teens are communicating more and more not via text but through images and video.
It turns out teen girls love making videos. In fact, the reason Snapchat (if you don’t think your daughter is on it…guess again!) is so popular is that it is quick, to the point then it is gone. How great it is to express yourself and then if you made a mistake it disappears forever!
Here is how it works. Take out your phone. Press Play. Ask your daughter 3 questions and you will be amazed how much information she gives you! It can be something as simple as “List your 3 favorite colors: Go!” and then record the answer.
3 Things Video Challenge:
How much can you learn about your daughter? Here are 3 things you can do today to find out what she really cares about.
1. Invite a friend and your daughter to go out to lunch: While you are waiting for your food to arrive press play and video tape them answering 3 things.
2. Dinner time with the family: Instead of asking how was your day…ask them 3 things that went well today. If you don’t want to video tape at the dinner table write them down and start a 3 things list!
3. Car Rides: Make the car ride more fun and have your daughter take the phone in “selfie” mode. Press play and ask her 3 questions that she can record herself.
Would you like to be featured on our 3 Things Video Page? When you are done, send us your video and you might be the next star of our new series!
Not sure what questions to ask? No problem! Check out our free 3 Things Cheat Sheet by clicking here for ideas!
Don’t’ miss part two of this series: Where do videos get posted in Social Media.