After the long traffic to pick up your precious angel from school you kick off your conversation with the magic question, “How was your day?” Sure, this is quite a simple question most regard as not too important or even irrelevant. However, those parents with teenagers that struggle to communicate with them, wish their teen would answer that question. It is so important to always greet your child after school and ask them how their day was.
Now, the little ones usually give you a broken-up answer with little rants about other kids in their class, but as they grow they will have this conversation as part of their habit. Issues in communication between children and parents usually start from an early age. Many times, we oversee the importance of communication with our little ones when they are young, and we end up not having that close bond when they grow. The teenage years are always the most difficult for any parent and any child, but having good communication can help ease the troubles.
When you begin to establish this habit of everyday after school asking about your child’s day, what they learned, and how everything went teaches them you always will be there to hear what they have to say. In addition, talking about what you learn in school helps you retain more effectively the information. As a parent, you end up learning about what the kids are being taught and your little one feels more engaged in the subjects because they know you are expecting to hear what they have learned. Therefore, starting when they are little we need to always have this conversation after school so they know even when they are grown up you still want to know how they are and how their day was.
Many times, we end up overlooking the important parts of our child’s lives, we don’t communicate with them enough to know how they feel about things, about the things they value, and the people they surround themselves with. However, we can change this as parents and family by incorporating a simple dialogue that will bring us closer at the end of the day. At first its little rants about a little girl who didn’t want to play with them at recess and then before we know it, they are coming to you to talk about the most important decisions they are making in their lives.
Healthy communication helps bring families together and increases children’s self-esteem. If from an early age, they are adapted to having their parents want to know how they feel, then they know they have that support figure to always rely on to talk about what is going on. When they are small, problems are small, but when they grow, the problems grow with them, therefore we want to make sure they know we are always going to support them. As silly as it sounds, a little question can really define your relationship with your child and that in turn can define their character.
So, today when you pick up your little one, make sure to ask them about their adventure here at Kids Village! Stay tuned for more posts about early childhood development, tips, recipes, and fun stories about these interesting years. If you have something you would like for us to blog about let us know. Remember every day is an adventure at Kids Village, your kids will love it and so will you!