It’s time to say goodbye to summer and get back on top with a whole new school year. A mix of emotions surrounding the beginning of the new year is sure to surface, and as a parent, it is imperative to check with your chil
Here is a list of five questions parents should ask their children in the first week to get an idea of how it is going and what problems might arise.
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1-What was the best part of your day?
Asking open-ended questions allows your child to give details and share what happened during the day. Starting by asking them what was the best thing gives them the opportunity to put themselves in a positive frame of mind and think about the good.
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2-If you could change something on your day, what would it be?
Even on good days, there are things we don’t like. By encouraging the conversation about this, you will begin to know if there are any problems that bother your child every day. You can help them develop a strategy to improve that or be the listening ear that lets them know you’re hearing them.
3-Who did you play with today in School?
It is important to know who your child’s friends are. You want to know who they are surrounding themselves with and whether they are socializing or if they feel excluded. This will also give you an idea of the types of games they like to play, how they like to interact and it shows them that you are interested in their lives.
4-Tell me something you know today that you didn’t know yesterday.
Once the school day is over, it’s so easy for kids to forget what they did during the day. If you ask them what they have learned, they are required not to say anything. By changing the wording of this conversation, you give them the opportunity to think about something specific that was new information, which will also help to remember and probably help their learning.
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5-What did you do to make someone smile today?
When she talks about raising a compassionate child, Charise Rohm Nulsen says: “It’s not always easy to learn how your child’s day went when you see him after school. Questions such as “How did your day go?” usually doesn’t get you very far. You can make two moves with one stone when you focus on compassion and kindness. Kindness is an incredible thing to encourage among our young people these days. By finding and recognizing ways to help someone smile, it means that they voluntarily spread joy and kindness and light up someone’s day. Teach your children that a simple gesture and a small smile can be very helpful.
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These five questions can help you spark conversation with your children as you learn how back-to-school is going. Register often and encourage dialogue to listen to any problems that may arise. The drive from school or to after-school activities is the perfect opportunity to check in with your child and stay connected.