You know the drill… You pick your children up from school and the first thing you ask is, “How was your day?” You don’t get a whole lot back and you feel out of the loop. So I wondered. If I asked more direct questions could I (a) get more info and (b) teach my children that each day is a learning experience filled with highs and lows. That each day has surprises, kind moments, unkind moments, happy times, sad times, boring times, fun times and so forth.
I now start our conversation by talking about my day and that usually prompts my son to start talking about his day. This technique gets me a lot further than the response of “Good thanks Mum”. It makes me feel informed, included and consequently helps to reconnect with my son after our busy days at work/school.