The kids get home from school, and every day you excitedly ask, ‘How was your day’, only to get a one-word response. Sigh.
It’s frustrating for any parent, but especially if your little one has only just started school and you’re just itching to know how their day has been! But there’s a really good reason why kids find this one question so difficult to answer, and there are simple ways to help them open up about what they’ve been up to at school.
Child and family therapist Dr Siggie Cohen has an uber popular TikTok account, where she shares invaluable info on parenting, including how to get your kids to open up after their school day. She know’s just how disappointing it can be when you ask, “How was school today,” only to met with “I don’t know,” “Fine,” or “I forgot”.
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As Dr Cohen explains, while you’re desperate to hear how their day was, your child has just ended a long day, full of effort and that question is too big, too general for them to respond to.
“So instead, ask SPECIFIC ones,” Dr Cohen suggests.
- “During snack time, who did you sit next to?”
- “Did your teachers say something funny today?”
- “Was anyone in class upset today?”
Dr Cohen says this helps your child break down their big experience in a more detailed and balanced way.
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