Maraya Steadman '89, '90MBA | Nov. 8, 2013 | Notre Dame Magazine
My children and I spend hours each day driving around their over-scheduled lives. I try to use the time in the car productively. They watch educational videos about light sabers, learn about Barbie and work on conflict resolution. I also try to talk to my kids without yelling, making a directed effort to work on the art of conversation.
We practice how to ask someone about their day, show interest in their responses, listen thoughtfully and politely ask questions while respecting other people’s ideas. At the end of a conversation, we practice how to tell someone you enjoyed the conversation by saying, “It was nice talking to you.”