The start of a new school year marks the beginning of a new chapter for both kids and parents. In the hustle and bustle of busy school routines, it can be challenging to hold a meaningful conversation with your kids about how things are going.
So how can you open the lines of communication with your kids about the new school year? It starts with being positive and free from judgment. Prepare to listen and be aware of your body language and tone of voice. Initiate the conversation by asking, “Can I ask you a question?”
Once your kids are willing to talk, use these open-ended questions to keep the conversation going:
1.What was the best part of your day?
Whether it’s lunch, recess or specific classes, this is always a good way to ease into a positive conversation.
2.What’s something you like about your teacher?
Rather than asking whether they like their teacher or not, framing the question this way keeps things positive.
3.What’s different about this year, and what is the same?
This enables your kids to reminisce about last year while also sparking excitement about what’s to come.
4.Which of your classes really excites you, and why?
It’s always good to know which subjects your kids are interested in! Continue to foster that interest as the year goes on.
5.How can I support you this year? It may be help with homework, a hand to hold or even just a ride to practice – but your kids will always need you. Let them know you’re there for them by asking what you can do to help.
End the conversation on a positive note by saying, “I love listening to your thoughts,” or “it’s so cool hearing your perspective on things,” to invite future conversation.
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