Relationship Talks with Kids’ Audiobooks

Relationships are a central part of the homeschool. Yet they can be tricky to talk about. We like to use audiobooks to start a good discussion!

There are many ways to start discussions with kids about relationships. You can take a more direct approach. You can employ role playing. One of our favorites is to use audiobooks!

Relationships are a central part of the homeschool. Yet they can be tricky to talk about. We like to use audiobooks to start a good discussion!{I was given a free copy of this product and compensated for my time to review it.
As usual, all opinions are my own, honest assessment. See disclosure.}

Relationships in the Homeschool

I used to think that relationship problems were an annoying, off-topic interruption to our homeschool day. I now realize that teaching the children how to interact wisely and graciously with other people isn’t a deviation from my job; it’s central to my job!

Sure, I want my kids to leave home with an abundance of knowledge and the tools to continue independent learning. But all the knowledge in the world won’t do them much good if they don’t have solid relationship skills. The things they learn about how to handle problems between siblings are lessons with life-long value for other relationships as well!

Seeing Another Perspective

When someone hurts your feelings, seeing things from her point of view can be very challenging. We know we’re supposed to treat others the way we would like to be treated. But it can be so difficult to think about that perspective when you are sad, angry, or disappointed.

Sometimes discussing situations that involve us personally is too tender of a topic and hits too close to home. We have a hard time being objective and thinking clearly. Fear of not getting what we want or feel we deserve clouds our ability to understand.

Audiobooks Provide the Answer

This is why we love to listen to and discuss audiobooks together. When we listen to audiobooks, the kids are able to think about the people in the story and the choices they made. We have had great conversations about the themes and issues the stories address.

We especially love the Adventures in Odyssey stories from Focus on the Family. These stories center on specific problems or questions that kids face in relationships. For example, the latest edition, “Up in the Air” talks about true friendship and reconciliation.

Relationships are a central part of the homeschool. Yet they can be tricky to talk about. We like to use audiobooks to start a good discussion!

Relationship Discussions

Who are your true friends? Do friends always support what you want to do? What if someone disagrees or encourages you to change your mind? Does that mean they aren’t a real friend?

What does reconciliation look like? What does it mean when you say “I forgive you”? How can we do that when someone really has treated us wrongly?

These are just some of the topics addressed in “Up in the Air”.

Relationships are a central part of the homeschool. Yet they can be tricky to talk about. We like to use audiobooks to start a good discussion!

Audiobook Stealth Learning

The best part about this approach is that the kids don’t realize they are learning! Sure, I could call everyone into the living room, stare them down and say “We need to have a talk about relationships.”

Or, I could put out the paints and markers, and say, “Hey, guys! We got a new episode of Adventures in Odyssey!” I don’t even have to prompt the conversation. It just naturally happens.

The kids talk about things like …

  • What would you do if that happened to you?
  • What’s wrong with what she said? Sounded fine to me.
  • What would have happened if instead, he had …

It isn’t even necessary for me to answer all the questions. Usually I can just listen as the kids work through the issues on their own. They identify with those who are hurt. And they also identify with those who make wrong choices – a crucial element in being able to see another perspective and to forgive!

Up in the Air

Volume 63 of Adventures in Odyssey, “Up in the Air” includes six stories. The first two are Parts 1 and 2 of a mystery/adventure story. The third story does a great job of illustrating the difference between a person who seems like a friend, and a person who really has your best interest in mind.

Relationships are a central part of the homeschool. Yet they can be tricky to talk about. We like to use audiobooks to start a good discussion!

The fourth episode is inspired by a true story and touches on the concept of organ donation, as well as what it means to have a true “change of heart”. The kids especially loved the B-TV skit which incorporated story and Bible lessons to teach about revenge.

Learn More

If you’d like to find out more about Adventures in Odyssey and the “Up in the Air” Episode, you can read about it here. You can also follow Adventures in Odyssey on Facebook and Twitter.

Plus, Focus on the Family is now giving away 30 copies of the “Up in the Air” audio stories! Enter below for your chance to win one.

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