Talking Stick

This is a talking stick:

The talking stick came into our lives because of the three people in our family, two of them were having trouble getting enough air time during dinner and were talking over each other. Initially this caused some tension about whose turn it was to talk, and eventually led to the introduction of the talking stick with the idea that the stick gets passed around the table and whoever is holding it gets to speak. We tried this one night recently with moderate success – eventually we got into a rhythm of talking, talking, quiet, talking, talking, quiet, depending on who was holding the stick. One thing we have mentioned from time to time is about how Everett, like other children his age, comes up with innovative solutions to problems. So the next night when we sat down for dinner Everett went around the table and handed everyone their own talking stick. Problem solved.

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