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One More Back to School Suggestion

Posted on: Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Last week we talked about getting back into the school routine.  Hopefully everyone is getting used to the school time schedule and the family balancing act is going well.  This week we have a very important suggestion about one more thing to add to the routine.

*** Conversation***

Conversation is an exchange of thoughts and ideas.  Asking your kids “How was school today” and receiving an answer of “Ok” is not conversation.

Consider adding a few minutes each day to get the kids to answer this – “Tell me one thing about your day.”  This is much better than asking “How was school today?”  Why?  Because it encourages more than a one word answer and it will help you to know when things aren’t going so well.  Sometimes kids are reluctant to share.  However, if a routine has already been established, and suddenly the answers are limited to one or two words, or there is 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.

If you do notice a 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.

 

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