HOW CAN YOU GET YOUR CHILD TO CHAT ABOUT SCHOOL?

Q: When I greet my child after school, he barely says “Hi” before heading for his room. How can I get a better response?

A:
Many middle school parents face this disappointment every day. They want to learn about their child’s school life, but they aren’t sure how to do it. To boost the chances of conversation:
  • Share something about your day. Then your child will know you want to talk, not just fire questions at him.
  • Have your child tell you about something he faced that was challenging, and how he handled it. Tell him you are proud of him.
  • Find out what your child is reading at school. What does he think of it? Is it too easy? Too hard? Is it relevant to what he is learning?
  • Mention the social side of school. Where did your child sit at lunch? Is he happy with how his friends treat him?
  • See if your child is comfortable with the workload in his classes. Could he use more help? More challenges?

http://content.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=1396 Source: “10 Questions to Ask Your Child About His Day at School,” Scholastic.com, Reprinted with permission from (c) 2007, The Parent Institute, a division of NIS, Inc