If you are struggling to get your child to open up about school, you may need to try a new approach.
By making a few simple changes in the way you communicate with your child, you can encourage them to open up and talk to you more.
Here are five helpful tips from Mount House School to help you find the right approach for talking to your child about school…
- It is important to remember that your child may not feel like talking the minute you pick them up from school, so try to allow them time to unwind first. It is normal for children to feel tired after a day of learning and they may appear quiet or irritable if you push a conversation. Before you ask them about their day, prepare a snack and give them some space to relax.
- To get a conversation going, try to ask questions that require more than just a yes or no response. For example, instead of “Did you have a good day?” you could try “What was the best part of your day?” By phrasing your questions the right way you will encourage your child to share more details with you.
- Try to show a genuine interest in your child’s school life and give your child your full attention, without interruptions. Your child will want to open up more about what they have learnt and their achievements at school if they know you are interested. At the dinner table is often a good time for all the family to discuss their day.
- Family meals are a great way to maintain healthy family relationships. They provide an opportunity for every member of the family to share the events of their day or talk about current affairs. By keeping family meals to a regular routine and banning smart devices from the dinner table, you can always enjoy some quality time together.
- Stay up to date on school activities by reading their newsletter or by visiting the school’s website. This will allow you to ask specific questions about school events and show an active interest in their school life.