One of the many great ways to connect with your children is to ask about their day.
Your children go through a lot during the day – from the moment they wake up, the rush in the morning to go to school, their experiences at school, with their teachers and peers… then afternoon activities.
They may have good or bad experiences at school or with friends; a good way to connect and find out is have a chat or a cuddle after school.
Make your home (and car) a safe place for your children to feel safe to express and share their experiences. Below are questions about their day and friends that will help you uncover things about your children on a deeper level:
- What did they do at school? Anything special?
- What did they learn? Did they understood what the teachers were teaching? (This will give you an indication whether you child needs further help with their school work.)
- Who did they play with? (This will give you an idea of the circle of friends your child is playing with.)
- How did they feel about their day at school? (This will give you an idea of the overall feeling of your child’s day – whether sad or happy, so that you can take further action if you need to.)
- What made them happy today? Why? What made them sad? Why?
- What was their favourite food of the day?Why?What would they like in their lunch box the next day?
These are questions that will help you to have a deeper understanding about your children. These questions are not about finding out about the schoolwork; however, you are using the relationship between the school and their friends as a “focused topic” that your children can relate to. This approach gives you a common topic that you can share with your children.
Have a connected day with your children!