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September 18, 2017 Hotel News No Comments Email Email

While each family has its own traditions, it’s no secret that a child’s growth and connections are significantly influenced by the conversations that take place between family members. Whether it happens over Saturday morning breakfasts or during family holidays, family conversations have traditionally helped to draw parents and children closer together. Recognising this, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Holiday Inn® Resorts have introduced the 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.

Families can enjoy many benefits from conversing with each other regularly, the first being the opportunity to bond. 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 individuals.

Family conversations can also sharpen children’s social and communication skills. As family members tend to be more candid with each other, parents can help nurture their child’s confidence by encouraging them to share their opinions. Hone your child’s articulation skills, while motivating them to participate actively in the world around them. Along with facilitating self-expression, this primes them to be similarly receptive towards the ideas and opinions of others. From enhancing their active listening skills to developing a capacity for empathy as they learn how to relate to and understand others, parents can equip their little chatterboxes with the foundations of positive and open relationships.

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 that 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 whilst on holiday.

Daniel Koh, Psychologist, Insights Mind Centre, said: “Open and meaningful conversation is a catalyst for exploration and growth, instilling in children a positive habit of sharing and understanding, while creating bonds with others that can withstand life’s challenges. In addition, it improves communication skills, encourages creative thinking, and fosters empathy through learning to listen before making judgements. These lead to improved self-esteem, trust and respect in others, paving the way for positive social interactions and strong relationships.”

Commenting on the Chatterbox Conversation Cards, he said, “Family holidays offer a neutral, stress-free environment – a great opportunity to inject human interaction in a technology-filled world. The Chatterbox Conversation Cards engage children through a variety of creative question categories, while the turn-taking questioning format helps families build on the conversation and connect on a common ground.”

To inspire conversations between parents and children, Holiday Inn® is offering the Chatterbox Conversation Cards for complimentary usage at participating hotels and resorts in the region. Made especially for families and young travellers ages 3 to 12, the Chatterbox Conversation Cards contain 30 conversation-prompting cards to stimulate reasoning, logic, creativity and problem-solving abilities in children.

“Enabling families the opportunity to bond and create lasting memories has always been our 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,” said Lee Lin Teo, Head of Brand Management, Asia, Middle East & Africa.

To download a set of your own Chatterbox Conversation Cards or discover more holiday inspiration ideas and tips, visit Little Big Travellers.

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