Getting your kids to talk to you about their day. . .
The last of my four little ones is off to school today - for the first time in 13 years, I won’t have a little one at home for most of the day. I’m pretty excited about this new season in my life.
But now that all four are gone all day, it’s more important than ever to stay connected and make sure I know what’s going on in their day.
Some kids are more forthcoming than others, but for most kids “how was your day” just won’t cut it! My friend Jennie in Virginia long ago suggested to me asking very specific questions of my kids, and I think it’s a great tip. “So, your first class was math - what did you learn?” “Who did you sit next to?” “What did you talk about at lunch?” “Did your teacher say anything funny today?” And on it goes. Not only does this get us connected to their day, it gets them in the habit of talking to us - even about what they talked about - long before those teen years hit. And that can’t hurt.
(Betsy Hart is a nationally syndicated columnist on parenting and family issues, author of the book “It Takes a Parent: How the Culture of Pushover Parenting is Hurting our Kids, And Whta to do About It” - Putnam Books 2005 - and host of “It Takes a Parent” on WYLL AM1160/Chicago. She can be reached at www.Betsysblog.com)
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