Tricks for kick-starting after-school conversations
Kelly shares a tip for getting kids to talk about their school days:
Instead of asking a young, school age child "How was school today?" try asking "What did you do in school
today?" The former gives the child the chance to say, "fine" or "O.K." and leave it at that, but use the latter and you just might find that your child can talk for an hour about the painting he/she did in art class, or a story the teacher read that day.
Sigh. Both my kids are notoriously tight-lipped about what happens at school. The general answer to "what did you do?" is nothing, and "what was your favorite activity today?" is I don't remember. Not sure why that's the case. Wish it weren't so.
How do you encourage after-school conversation?