5 Ways Moms Can Get Tight-Lipped Kids to Open Up About Their Day!
Honestly, it’s all I can do to get my kids to talk about their day at school, but for my wife, it’s magic! And I’m passing that magic onto you. 5 ways mom can get tight lipped kids to open up about their day:
5. Recognize that some days they're just not in the mood to talk
It happens to all of us -- sometimes we just don't want to talk to anyone. Know when to stop probing so they'll be more willing to chat other times.
4. Have them pick a rose and a thorn for the day
A rose is their favorite thing that happened, and a thorn is something that didn't go quite right.
3. Set a number of questions you can ask
We agreed that I could ask at least three questions each day that he'd answer no matter what. Some of my favorites: Did anyone get in trouble at school today? (This usually produces some stories.) Or: What did you do at recess today?
2. Tell them about your day
It's a bit like playing hard to get, but when I don't seem too eager to ask him questions and I start telling him what I did instead, he usually chimes in with some anecdotes of his own.
1. It has to happen in the car
If we wait until we get home, there's homework, neighborhood kids pulling him out to play, the TV, and distractions galore. Trapped alone in the car is your best chance at conversation. If you have a television in your car, make weekdays a no-watch zone, and prohibit video games, earphones, telephones, and the like.