Talking school with your kids
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