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Trick to Get Your Child to Talk About School

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Trick to Get Your Child to Talk About School

For the longest time, I would ask my daughter questions about her day and get nothing. Then I got more specific with my questions (who did you sit next to at lunch? what lesson was your favorite today?) and got a little more chatter. A friend told me about a family dinner tradition to get her kids to share more about their days, and it’s been working like a charm! Each night at dinner, we go around the table and share our “Peak” and our “Pit” (the high point of the day and the low point). Not only am I learning SO much more about my daughter’s activities and social interactions at preschool, but I’m actually hearing more from my husband about his job!

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  1. I too have a problem getting my four year old to tell me about her day at school. Every time I ask she says, “Mom I will tell you when we get home,” and then she really doesn’t say too much. I like the idea of sharing your thoughts at dinner and will try this, although I don’t have any problems getting my husband to talk about his day… he loves to go into great detail…

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    1. Ha! Well I guess that’s the caveat. 🙂

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  2. This is a great idea! I’m going to try it out with my 3 year old!

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  3. We do this at home too. I’ve found dinner time and bed time are awesome times to connect with my kids. Keep the tradition up as they get older too. It’s a great way to get a peak into the things they are excited about and the things they struggle with as well. My kids will remind me we haven’t shared our highs and lows. This tells me they want to share with us.

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    1. I grew up in a family that sat down for dinner every night together and I feel this is very important, especially as our kids get older. We have started this with my girls and will continue to do so. Hopefully this will be a time they feel they can share any struggles they may be going through and everything else going on in their lives.

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  4. so glad to hear so many eat dinner together. We do too, and we always say our fav part of the day and the worst. But I’m totally stealing Peak & Pit!

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    1. Let me know how it goes for you!

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  5. I love this idea and am going to start trying it tomorrow! Our 10 year old loves to talk and will tell us everything we wantt to know and more but not our 8 year old. She is so closed and has some other issues with anger that she is in therapy for. They are my stepdaughters but I feel as if they are my own and neither have their real mom around so I’m sure that’s where her anger comes from. I think this might help a lot with her, I sure hope! Plus its a great habit to get in for when my 2.5 year old and 11 month old start school and have peaks and pits to share. Thanks for the great tip!

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    1. You’re welcome! Hope it works like a charm for you, too. 🙂

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