Make the first move

“If the kids don’t want to communicate with you then you need to make the first move.” – Graham Smith, stonemason.

  • When asked about their day kids often give one word answers. It’s up to us, as parents, to ask again and again in lots of different ways.
  • Sometimes children don’t want to talk right after school, just like adults need down time after work. Try talking to your child first thing in the morning, or right before bed.


Remove distractions

Put kids’ schoolbags, phones and other “distractors” into the car’s boot for the journey to and from school.


Look for opportunities to be involved

Teachable moments happen regularly. Be on the lookout for these opportunities and take advantage.