Yesterday I was standing in the Post Office queue with Littlest Littlesheep (he’s three and had just finished his morning in nursery ‘at school’) and I was chatting with him and about his day and the old lady in front of us commented that I was getting a lot of information from him.
So I thought I’d write a post on how to get children to talk about their day – so here are my top tips…
- Don’t ask questions that have a yes/no answer – if you ask ‘did you do painting?’ and your child says ‘no’ in return you then have to go onto the next question and it can turn into an interrogation
- Work through the routine with your child so that they can comment back – so you could say “what did you do after the register?” or “so then you had a snack…”
- Allow time for them to respond – don’t be scared of silence – small children take time to process the question
- If you don’t get a good response one day – leave it and try again a different day
- Don’t worry if your child says ‘nothing’ or ‘nobody played with me’ these are both fairly normal responses!