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Difficult as it is, conversation with your kids is worth the effort

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CHICAGO — Talking to your kids can be hard. Really hard. Even children who never stop rattling off every imaginable detail about their favorite cartoon become completely unresponsive when asked “How was your day?” “What did you learn at school?” or “What’s new?”

“I don’t like being asked about what’s new,” my 12-year-old son declared at breakfast the other day.

Well, at least that was seven more words than I usually get. My inquiries seem to have the exact same…

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