The new school year starts tomorrow and no doubt you’ll be eager to find out everything that is going on at school. Good luck trying to get a good answer out of your children. They usually are pretty tight-lipped. Here is why:
1) You grill them too frequently about every little thing and they’d like a bit more space and privacy in their life away from home.
2) You respond too critically when they do share with you: “You should have told tell the teacher he pushed you,” or “Don’t play with him at recess, he is too rough,” or, “If you sat still you wouldn’t be yelled at by Mrs. Hunt.”
3) They honestly can’t answer a question as vague as “How was school today?” Instead try smaller questions like “Who did you sit beside at snack time?” “What was your favorite song from circle time today” “Did you go to the gym?”
It’s okay if they don’t want to share about school. It’s nice you show you care by asking, but you also show your faith in them to be doing just fine out in the big world by not pumping them for information either.
Hope this helps and have a great school year!