How to Talk to Your Children About Their School Day
Posted August 19, 2013on:
When a lot of parents ask their kids how school was, they get the same one-word answer, “Fine.” Talking with your children can help teach them the importance of education as well as bring the two of you closer together. Check out some of these tips for striking up conversation with your kids:
- Don’t force your child to talk the minute they walk in the door. Some kids need to unwind first. Let your little one have a snack and settle in before you start.
- Sometimes, avoiding face-to-face conversation can help take the pressure off of your kid. Try talking in the car while you’re driving or while cooking dinner.
- Don’t always talk about problems. Include fun topics like who they played with or what games they played.
- Start the conversation with an enthusiastic hello instead of jumping straight to questions. This will help ensure your child that you’re genuinely interested in talking with them and not just interrogating them.
- Share some of your own funny stories from the day so it’s not one-sided.
- Try asking more specific questions that require more than a one-word answer.
- Start early. If you set up the pattern of sharing when they’re young, they’re more likely to continue the pattern when they grow into teenagers.