If you feel like it is a constant battle to get your child to talk to about their school day, try not to stress. Some simple changes in the way that you communicate with your child can encourage them to open up.
Read on for some helpful tips from an Independent School in Leicestershire on how to encourage your child to open up about school…
Try to remember that your child may not feel like talking the minute you pick them up from the classroom. Most children feel tired after school and want to relax after a full day of learning, so give them time to unwind. Perhaps you could prepare them a snack and give them some space to do a favourite activity, before you ask them about their day.
Ask the right questions
When you want to talk to your child about school, it is important to ask questions that require more than just a yes or no response. For example, instead of “Did you have a good day?” try “What did you enjoy about school today?” Re-phrasing your question the right way can encourage your child to give a more detailed answer.
Stay in the loop
Try to stay in the loop when it comes to school news and activities. You can do this by reading the school newsletter, keeping an eye on the school calendar and talking to the other parents. This will better equip you to ask your child about school events and show that you are interested in their school life.
Take time out from your busy day to show a genuine interest in what your child has been learning. Your child will want to open up more about what they have learnt at school and their achievements if you show your enthusiasm. It is important to find the right time to have these conversations, where you can give your full attention, without interruption. At the dinner table is often a good time for the whole family to share stories about their day.