Batter up! Listen up!

The hectic summer is upon us and kids will be heading in every direction. Home (or camp) will literally become "home base" for everyone coming and going. Stay connected with your kids and maintain effective listening and communication by playing Batter Up!

Here's how it works:

Designate between one and three times a day to take turns "batting."

In the pitcher role, you will toss out a question. The batter's job is to answer the question as quickly as possible. To make sure you've heard correctly, repeat what the child said and make an affirming statement. Then switch roles.


Adult Pitcher says: Child Batter says: Adult Batter says:
What's the number one thing you are going to get done today that will make me proud? I'm going to empty all of the trash cans in the house.

You're going to empty all of the trash cans in the house. Great!

What are you worried about? That I won't know anyone at camp. You're worried that you won't know anyone at camp. I understand.

What was the highlight of your day?

Winning Four Square with my friends.

You won a game of Four Square. Way to go!

Child Pitcher says: Adult Batter says: Child Batter says:
Where are you going today? I'm headed to a workshop with all of the people I work with.

You're going to a workshop. Cool!

What do you think will be hard? I have to make a presentation at work. You have to make a presentation at work. Good luck!

What was the highlight of your day?

Coming home and seeing you.

Coming home and seeing me. Thanks!


For younger kids, make it fun by having them stand up and yell, "Batter up!" before you toss your question. After they answer and you repeat, have the "crowd" cheer! You can also write the answers on paper and hang them on the refrigerator to review at the end of the day.

For older kids, keep it conversational but use the phrase "Batter up" to establish routine.

This can be used in a group camp setting by having kids do the activity with camp counselors or other kids in the group.

"Batter up" is all about helping kids and adults understand the line of our Creed "I listen to you; You listen to me."

A leader is the wave pushed ahead by the ship.

— Leo Tolstoy

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