Well, school is back in session and we are starting to get back in the swing of things! I have to admit it is an adjustment for me going from spending all day, every day with the kiddos to BOOM the boys are gone for 7 hours a day, 5 days a week. As the afternoon rolls around each day, I get super excited for them to burst through the front door so I can hear about their day! Then the moment comes, the door swings open and this is what goes down:
Me: “So how was your day?”
Boys: “It was good.”
Me: “Oh good! I missed you! What did you do today?”
Boys: “I don’t remember.”
And then I get disappointed. I was so looking forward to chatting it up with them on the details of their day and they don’t “remember” what they did? So I am trying to learn how to best get them to talk to me. First, I have learned that with my boys they just want some time to get a snack and relax after school. They don’t want to chat it up right when they walk in the door. So I try to give them some time before I bombard them with questions. :) Second, I have been trying to ask them different questions to get them to start talking. Here are a few good ones:
1. What activity did you like the most today?
2. What’s up with your friends?
3. Anything cool going on?
4. Do you need help with anything?
5. What was your most and least favorite part of your day?
6. What was the funniest thing that happened at school today?
7. If you had $1,000 to buy something for your school, what would you buy and why?
8. What is your favorite spot in your classroom?
9. Who did you eat with at lunch?
10. What are you most excited to learn about in the weeks to come?
Most of all I am learning to just be there for my kids when they need someone to listen to them. Because it is usually when I least expect it that they decide it’s time to tell their good old mom what’s going on at school. But you better believe I am still going to be here waiting with lots of hugs and kisses when they walk through the front door each day!