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.

Tips:

Everyday conversations are a treasure

Time spent together doesn’t have to involve expensive outings or putting aside a whole afternoon.

Tips:

Do you know where your child is all day? Visit their school and see!

Take your child to school and ask them to show you around – where is their classroom? Where do they sit? Where do they eat lunch? Where is the playground? Who is their teacher? Who are their friends? Having this information will make it easier to relate to your child as they tell you about their school life.