Starting a conversation with your child
Talking to your child about how they’re feeling can be hard. By taking 20 minutes with them to do an activity you’ll both enjoy, you’ll create a relaxed space to start that conversation. Here are lots of fun activity ideas, conversation starters and advice to make talking easier and help you and your child #Take20.
Activities and conversation starters during the coronavirus pandemic
Our Parents Helpline team share their tips for activities you can do with your child in self-isolation and how you can use this time to start a conversation with them about their mental health.
Tips for times of change or difficulty
Our Parent Services team give their top tips for how you can support your child during a time of change or difficulty.
20 activities for 20 minutes
Need some inspiration? Here's a list of activities you could do in twenty minutes with your child.
Starting the conversation
Whilst the activity is underway, what's the best way to encourage your child to open up? Have a look at some of our conversation starters.
What to do next
If your child tells you they're struggling, here are a few steps you can take.
Talking about difficult behaviour
When your child is behaving in challenging ways or acting out of character it can be really tough to know what to do or how to get through to them. Our Parents Helpline experts share their advice to help make these conversations easier for both of you.
Questions I wish my parents had asked me
We asked people, what do you wish your parents had asked you? Have a look at some of the responses, and consider what you could ask your children.
Make your own activity picker
Want a fun way to decide on a 20-minute activity with your child? Download our template and follow the instructions to make your own Activity Picker.