If you have noticed that your child is finding it hard to open up about school, try not to worry.
A few simple changes in the way that you communicate with your child can encourage them to share more of their school life with you.
Here are a few helpful strategies provided by an Independent school for girls in Surrey, to help you find the right communication methods for your child…
Take your time
It is normal for children to feel exhausted after a day at school. They may not feel like talking as soon as you collect them from the classroom, so remember to give them time to unwind first. Perhaps you could prepare them a snack or let them spend some time in their bedroom before you talk about their day.
Try to ask your child questions that require more than just a yes or no answer. For example, instead of “Did you have a good day at school?” try “What was the best thing you did at school today?”
Phrasing your question the right way can encourage your child to give you a more detailed answer.
Show a genuine interest in your child’s school life. Your child will want to open up more about what they have learnt, as well as their achievements if they can see your enthusiasm. It is important to find the right time to have these conversations, where they will have your full attention, without interruption. At the dinner table is often a good time for all the whole family to discuss their day.
Stay up to date
Try to keep up with school activities by reading the newsletter and keeping an eye on the school calendar. It can be helpful to make your own family calendar so that you are well organised for key dates. This will also help you to ask specific questions about school events and demonstrate your interest in your child’s education.
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