Connect and talk with your child!
Make sure that you have time each week to talk to your child about their lives, or anything that may be challenging them. It is important for children to know and to be told that they can talk to their parents or one parent if they are having a problem at school or in society. Simply spending time each day or week talking to your son or daughter will teach them that you are there to listen and that they can come to you with any problem. You can use a walk together as a time to talk, or before bed if you share a snuggle before your child goes to sleep. Conversation openers may be:
- How was your day today at school? Was there anything you learned that was really interesting to you?
- What was your favourite part of the day today?
- Are you having fun with your friends at school? What are their names? What did you do together at recess?
- Is there anything going on at school that you find difficult?
- Is there anything you would like to talk to me about?
Conversation can also be used to help your child have a sense of self as an individual as (s)he grows up. You can foster this by encouraging them to develop an opinion about things, and to reflect about the type of person (s)he is and wants to become.