Encouraging Your Child to Open Up About School

If you are finding it hard to get your child to open up about their school day, don’t despair.
By making a few simple changes in the way you communicate with your child, you can encourage them to share more with you.

Here are a few helpful strategies from Wetherby-Pembridge School to help you find the right communication methods for you and your child…

1. Don’t rush
It is normal for children to feel tired after school and want to relax after a day of learning. They may not feel like talking the minute you pick them up 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, or the garden before you ask them about their day.

2. Ask the right questions
Try to ask your child questions that require more than just a yes or no response. For example, instead of “Did you have a good day?” try “What was the best thing you did at school today?”
Phrasing your question the right way can help to encourage your child to give a more detailed answer.

3. Show interest
Try to show a genuine interest in your child’s school life. Your child will want to open up more about what they have learnt and their achievements at school 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 family to discuss their day.

4. Keep informed
Try to stay up to date on school activities by reading their newsletter, keeping an eye on the school calendar and visiting their website. This will better equip you to ask specific questions about school events and show an active interest in their school life.


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