Ready for it?
How about that?
Instead of asking them….
- How was your day?
- Do you have any homework?
- How are you feeling?
- What grade did you receive on your test?
- I’m so happy to see you.
- I missed you!
- The house/apartment just got a little brighter with you in it.
- I’m noticing you look a little worn out. I’m here if you need anything.
And if you must ask them something….
- Can I make you a snack?
- Did anything fun or unusal happen today?
- Which friends did you play with at recess?
- Do you need any support from me this afternoon/evening?
The transition from school to home can be a tricky one for our kiddos.
They have been working hard all day trying to do the right thing, say the right thing, answer in just the right way…
Bombarding them with intrusive questions the second they walk through the door or get into the car tends to shut them down. The opposite of what we all wish for right?
Instead, use the power of mindfulness to tune into yourself and your kiddos.
Pause… notice your breath… ask yourself… “what’s most important now? What does this moment ask of me?
I find that if I stick to this, my boys will eventually offer up how their day was. Yes, even my teenager. It might not be until bedtime… but it happens.
Let me know how it goes!