Talk­ing school with your kids

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY -

HAVE you ever asked your child how their day at school was and all they say in re­ply is “it was okay”?

Whether your child has just started Prep or is head­ing off for an­other year of high school, talk­ing about school can be dif­fi­cult.

So what steps can you take to get your child to talk to you about what’s hap­pen­ing at school? Don’t rush in

When you pick up your child, they’ve just fin­ished a long day of learn­ing and so­cial in­ter­ac­tion.

Some­times they might want to share that with you straight away, but on other days they may want to rest up a lit­tle.

If they’re not of­fer­ing up the in­for­ma­tion to you, it’s best not to bom­bard them with heaps of ques­tions as soon as you get in the car or come into the house.

In­stead of hit­ting them with ques­tions, try to re­as­sure them that you’re happy to see them and talk about some­thing else for a lit­tle bit as they un­pack their bag. Be spe­cific

Make sure you ask spe­cific ques­tions that will re­veal in­for­ma­tion.

Ask ques­tions such as what they liked the best that day, what was good about the day, who they played with, or what projects/ sub­jects they were work­ing on in class.

Don’t ask a ques­tion that en­ables them to just say yes or no, good or okay.

Ask some­thing that will end up with them de­scrib­ing what hap­pened. How about high school­ers?

As your child pro­gresses through high school, they will be­come more in­de­pen­dent and some­times that will lead to them be­ing rather dis­tant about what’s go­ing on at school.

It’s im­por­tant to re­spect that dis­tance but to also stay con­nected with them.

That means mak­ing time to catch up with them even if it’s a short amount of time and giv­ing them your full at­ten­tion when you get those mo­ments.

Phone your lo­cal Wide Bay Hospi­tal and Health Ser­vice child health team:

Mun­dub­bera: 4165 5222

Monto: 4166 9300

Biggen­den: 4127 6400

Eidsvold: 4165 7100

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