The first week of school is over! Hopefully everyone is getting used to the school time schedule and the family balancing act is going well. Last week we made specific suggestions on how to make homework time efficient and as stress free as possible. This week we need to add just one more very important suggestion to add to the routine.
*** Conversation ***
Yep, that’s right. Consider adding a few minutes each day to get the kids to answer this – “Tell me one thing about your day.” Why? Not only because you actually want to know, but because this will help you to know when things aren’t going so well. Sometimes kids are reluctant to share. If a routine has already been established, and suddenly the answers are limited to one or two words, or reluctance to respond at all, it may be a sign that something is troubling your child. Once a conversation routine has been established, it will make it easier for you to pick up on the change.
What should you do?
First, remember everyone can have an off day, so do not jump to conclusions and try not to “dig” for information. Instead talk about your day. After all, it’s possible that your day was a bit challenging too. Hopefully it won’t take long for the conversation to pick up again. If it doesn’t, be more direct after a day or two. It’s okay to ask what’s going on. Patiently listen. And then, you the parent, the ultimate teacher, will do what you do best – help your child.