how to start kid conversations
Here’s one more goodie from the archives to help with those fall routines:
Now that fall is approaching full swing, are you having conversations like this?
How was your day? fine.
What happened at school (or work)? not much.
Wanna talk about it? not really.
It seems like no matter how hard I try, those questions never seem to elicit much information, especially as my kids grow older. A wise school counselor once suggested phrasing the question differently to draw out more of a response. Just begin with “I wonder. . .” and ask about a more specific scenario:
I wonder. . . who you sat with at lunch today?
I wonder. . . how things went in math class?
I wonder. . . what kids do before the first bell rings?
Somehow, when I phrase my questions this way, my kids want to fill in the blanks for poor, clueless, curious mom. They begin to open up and I actually learn something about their world away from home. We have a real, back and forth, give and take conversation. Amazing.
Try it today! I wonder how it will work in your family?
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