Are you looking for ways to communicate with your kids after school?
I’ve been there many times with my son. The end of the school day comes and his reply to “What did you do today?” is almost always “Oh, nothing”.
It can be so frustrating as a parent who genuinely wants to know how their child’s day was.
In an age where bullying, amongst other things are huge problems in our schools I want to know what’s going on in my children’s lives. I don’t want to let that line of communication close.
I feel that my kids will be more open to telling me if something is going wrong at school if they are already comfortable with talking to me about their daily lives.
Opening Up After School Communication
I’m always making personal goals for myself as a mom. Because I want that open line of communication with my kids, I made it one of my goals last year to ask questions after school. This year I’m determined to do even better at this.
I have questions in mind each day to ask my son when I pick him up from school. If he is hesitant to answer I will elaborate on the question or ask something else.
Sometimes I will take a question and make it relatable to him. So instead of “What did you play today at recess?” I will ask “Did you play with ______ today?” “Did you play on the swings again today?”.
I try and remember stories he tells me about his day and will follow up with him later in the week, month, or year.
After School Questions (Free Printables)!
I wanted to help you get after school conversations started with your kids, so I made some free printable questions to ask your kids.
There are questions here for different times during the school year. Things to get conversations started during the first week of school, testing, holidays, and the end of the school year. Plus a sheet of general after school questions.
Remember to elaborate on these questions and make them personal to your own kids. This will help get the conversation flowing if they don’t feel like talking after school.
Download your FREE Questions For After School Printables!
What kinds of questions do you ask your kids after school? How do you open up communication with your kids? I would love to hear from you in the comments below!
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