Conversation Starters for Kids

The kid has been playing on the couch for almost an hour. What should you do?

-The kid looks super bored. Maybe you could play a video game, or something similar, to make time go by faster!

-Did you know that parents sometimes have to pay babysitters? If it’s okay with them, you could offer to watch their kids while they take care of some other things around the house? It would probably be pretty fun πŸ™‚

-Maybe they want to just watch TV because they’re tired– if that’s the case, just say “Okay!” and sit next to them until they fall asleep. You can start watching your own stuff once they’ve fallen asleep if that’s okay with them! If it’s not, just sit and play on your phone.

The kid has been playing by themselves for almost an hour. What should you do?

-You could ask them if they’d like to watch a movie! You’ve never seen some of the movies that are currently up at the theater but you also don’t want to see anything too scary or adultish since this is technically a kids movie… maybe go with something funny instead?

-Maybe they’re waiting for their parents to come back and get them– in that case, why don’t you offer to wait with them until they’re ready? It could be fun πŸ™‚

-They probably don’t mind watching TV πŸ™‚ At least you won’t have to play by yourself, and you’ll be doing something nice for the kid. If they’re really young, just sit next to them until they fall asleep– if they’re a bit older, watch TV with them! It’ll probably be pretty fun πŸ™‚

The kid doesn’t want to do anything that you suggest. What should you do?

-Just ask if it’s okay if you turn on the TV and see what’s on there! If not… maybe try to come up with other things so that the night isn’t completely boring for both of you. Maybe watching TV together would be ok?

-Try asking what kind of food they like (if it’s not too personal). You offer to make them something even if it’s not their favorite– something you know they’ll like at least a little bit, then offer to leave the room while they eat.

-If they don’t want to do anything that you say, why don’t you see what kind of games they have on their tablet/phone and play with them? It’s bound to be more fun than playing by yourself! If there aren’t any games on their devices (or if the kid says that all of them are for adults) maybe offer to go into the kitchen and make some funny food out of ingredients in the cupboards? Or look up videos on Youtube and show it to them?

The parents should be back soon but the kid doesn’t seem ready to go home yet. What should you do?

-That’s totally understandable! Maybe ask if they want to watch TV together until the parents are ready to come home? That way, it won’t be awkward when they get back πŸ™‚

-It might be a good idea to make sure the kid has their stuff ready for when the parents come home– in that case, why don’t you see what kinds of cool things they have in their bag? It could be fun πŸ™‚

-Tell them that when it gets closer to time for their parents to get there, you can call them on your phone or theirs so that they know that everything is okay. You can stay with the kid until their parents show up). If not… maybe try to see what kind of games they have on their tablet/phone and play with them? It’s bound to be more fun than playing by yourself! If there aren’t any games on their devices (or if the kid says that all of them are for adults) maybe offer to go into the kitchen and make some funny food out of ingredients in the cupboards? Or look up videos on Youtube and show it to them?

The kid seems like they’re struggling right before bedtime. What should you do?

-Maybe suggest a story or two like you used to when you were younger– even reading through a relatively short story might be fun and help pass the time until they fall asleep. If they want, you can also try reading a comic book or anything else!

-It might be a good idea to ask what kinds of movies (if any) that the kid has seen. You could watch one of them with them before bed if it’s not too late– and even though there might be some sad parts, it’ll probably end on a happy note πŸ™‚

-Invite them into your room and tell them that they can stay up for another half hour while you finish watching TV! You can’t do anything too crazy since you don’t want to wake anyone up… but playing games in your bedroom should be fine! If it gets close to bedtime, you can offer to read them a story πŸ™‚


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