If you’re a parent, you will understand how hard it is to get all of the details about your child’s day out of them on the journey home from School. It can’t be the only mum to be excited to meet my child from school to be greeted by one word answers or even worse a grunt here and there! I have teamed up with Dover College, an independent School in Kent to help with some tips to encourage your kids to really open up about school. As your child starts leaving home for the day no matter whether it’s Nursery, Senior School or even University it becomes more important than ever before to ensure that communication between you is open, honest and as frequent as possible. It is only natural to be curious about what they have been up to throughout the day and to want to find out how your child is feeling.
As tempting as it is to try and speak to your child about their day on the journey home from school it is sometimes best to wait until a bit later. We are all tired after a long day at school or work and sometimes talking about it is the last thing we want to do as soon as we leave. Let them get home, wind down and relax. This will help the conversation be natural and open ended rather than the one worded answers you might be used to!
Rather than ask the obvious questions like how was your day or what did you do open up the conversation with ‘what was your favourite part of the day’ or ‘what are you looking forward to tomorrow’. More specific questions like this can start the conversation on a good path.