Sitting down and having a conversation with your child, no matter their age, is no easy feat. With the hustle and bustle of the workday, school, homework and extracurricular activities, it can be difficult to sit down and have an uninterrupted one-on-one conversation with your child.
Parent-to-child interaction is a critical child development component for learning and language development and retention. So, if you’re missing or struggling with implementing the verbal piece of the puzzle, put down your device(s) and make time to talk with your child one-on-one. Not only will this help your child learn how to have a one-on-one conversation, it will also teach your child how to listen, reply, and formulate their own thoughts, ideas, and answers. If you’re wondering how to talk to kids in a way that fosters child development we’ve put together 10 questions to ask your child each night to help build conversations and relationships with your child.
What made you smile today?
Is there anything that made you feel sad (or mad, or glad) today?
What are you looking forward to most tomorrow?
Who did you play with today (at school, camp, The Little Gym)?
Who did you enjoy spending time with today?
Did you help anyone today?
What was your favorite part of your day?
What are you going to dream about tonight?
Did you learn something new today? or Did you learn something you already knew? If so, tell me about it!
And be sure not to forget million dollar questions like…. Did you brush your teeth? And, did you use the bathroom?
When raising children, making the time and effort to converse with your child and providing them with opportunities to talk with you, will not only foster language development, it will also help to increase your parent-child relationship. Need some more questions? You can also check out this list of 50 more questions to get those tough little nuts to crack.
One more conversation starter could be, “how was your time at The Little Gym?” Kid-focused activities like The Little Gym can be a great option for busy families providing age-appropriate programs available after school, on weekends, and even when school is not in session.