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Connecting with Your Kiddo: The Art of Meaningful Chit-Chats


Ever find yourself stuck in the classic "How was your day?" loop with your 10-year-old? Been there, done that! It's like pulling teeth sometimes! You pop the question, and all you get is a casual "Fine" in return. Now, what's a parent to do if this is what they face every day? Don't worry; I've got your back on this one!




The answer: effective communication


So, you're itching to know more about your child's school day and share a little bonding time, but that one-word response just put a damper on your plans. Fear not! Effective communication is the key.

Let's ditch the mundane and level up your conversational game with these game-changing questions:

  • What was the most exciting thing that happened today?

  • If today had a replay button, what part would he/she choose?

  • What new nugget of wisdom did they gain today?

  • Any challenges that stood out in their day?

  • Rate the day on a scale of 1-10 and spill the beans on why!

  • How did they make themselves proud?

  • Anything that brought a touch of worry into their day?

  • Teach you something they learned – it's their time to shine!

Remember, the questions you choose can make or break the conversation. But that's not all – stay in tune with your little one's vibes.


Stay in-tune with your child to ensure effective communication:


Are they worn out and overstimulated after a long day at school? Maybe save the interrogation for later.

Timing matters – catch them when they're more in sync and regulated or calm. You don't have to ask them about their day the moment they get into the car or arrive home.

Open up about your emotions, and encourage them to do the same. Validate all the feelings – even the seemingly mundane ones.

Clear communication lines start with understanding when and how to talk. Challenge yourself to throw in three of these questions next time, and watch the magic unfold in your heart-to-heart talks!


Yours in chit-chats,

Megan


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