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09/08/2016

How to Establish a More Efficient Conversation Routine With Your Child

In order to help your child to start off the school year with more confidence, it is important that you communicate regularly with them. Make it a point to spend at least 10-15minutes having a conversation with them before they leave for school and when they get home after school. The following tips can help you to start having more effective conversations with your child this school year.

Tips for a More Successful Morning Conversation With Your Child

  • Always show your child you are willing to listen to them and ask them often if there is anything you can do to help them do better in school.
  • Avoid yes or no questions or asking things like: did you do your homework? These type of questions should be asked before they go to bed at night and not as they are heading for school in the morning.
  • Do not use this time to lecture them or to talk a lot, instead encourage them to talk to you and ask them open questions.

Questions You Can Ask Your Child Before They Leave for School in the Morning

  • How are you feeling this morning? Make it routine to ask your child how they are feeling every morning. This helps them state their mood out loud and makes them more aware of what they are feeling. It can also help them to understand the relation between how other actions, such as going to bed late or not doing their homework, can affect their mood in the morning on the rest of their day. It can also open up a conversation about what is planned for their day. For example, if they say they are nervous you can ask them if they want to share why. You might find out that they have a quiz they had forgotten about which can help you to better understand them and be more aware of what their day might be like.
  • What is something you are looking forward to today at school? This question is great for helping your child find something to look forward to in school every day. It can also make you more aware of what their interests are and what things they enjoy the most. Demonstrate your support in their interests and get them the best help for their academic struggles. For added academic support, call The Tutoring Center, Salem OR at (971) 600-3288.
  • Is there anything you are not looking forward to today? This can be a fun way to learn about things you might not notice that your child dislikes. Such as sitting next to a certain person or having a certain food for lunch that day. Saying out loud what they aren't looking forward to can help minimize any anxiety they have about something that is planned for their school day.


Advice for Better After-School Communication with Your Child

  • After school, ask them about their day and encourage them to share with you how their school experience was that day. Use the following example questions to start a conversation with your child:
    • What was your favorite part of your school day?
    • What was something that bothered or annoyed you today?
    • Tell me about your new classes.
  • Older students may have a harder time responding, especially if this is something they are not used to, but do not give up. Try to get them to respond to at least one of the three question before school and after school and gradually incorporate a second and third question. Make it a habit to talk to them about their day so that it can start to feel comfortable doing it.
  • It doesn't need to be awkward and it doesn't take much of your time. You can use the duration of your drive, commonly around 10-15 minutes, to start these conversations. Every so often, use part of those 10-15 minutes to let your child know they have your support and ask them if they feel they need extra help in any academic area. Some children may be reluctant to ask for help, but if you ask them directly they may be able to voice their concerns before their struggle shows up in their report card.

Encourage Stronger Academic Confidence This School Year With Tutoring in Salem OR

Tutoring is one of the best resources that your child can take advantage of. Contact The Tutoring Center, Salem OR at (971)600-3288 to help your child develop the academic confidence they need to succeed this school year.

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