24 Questions To Get Your Grandchild Talking About School
Why do you as a grandparent need 24 questions to get your grandchild talking about school? Do you long for that toddler who babbled all the time when they were younger? Has he/she been replaced all of a sudden by an older acting child who answeres with one word like fine, or good?
After your grandchildren began to grow up and find their own identity. Or at least began to search for it, you may find yourself a bit off key when you are visiting with them.
You are no longer talking to your young grandchild. This grandchild has progressed beyond the vocabulary you were accustomed to using. You want to establish a visiting relationship but are at a loss for how.
You may no longer be able to really relate. The feeling of grappling for something to visit about can make it easier to retreat behind silence.
This is why these suggestions to help relate to your grandchild when they start school. The words will be different for grandchild once they start school.
All of a sudden there is nothing to talk about. You don’t get to spend as much time with them. They are learning how to relate to their friends and classmates.
They are quickly racing past with their growing and learning. When you have longer periods between visits, it soon can become difficult to return to that chatty easy relationship you once enjoyed.
All of a sudden there is nothing to talk about. You want to be able to visit with them without the feeling that you are “pulling teeth” to get a conversation going about school.
You just need to have a starting place with this grown-up kid you once bounced on your knee.
When you ask “how was school today?” and have the answer come back as “good.” It is time to reask your question.
- Who did you play with the most today at recess?
- Is this a new friend, or did you already know them?
- Does he/she they near you in your classroom?
- What did you play together?
For an older child, maybe the word “play” could be interchanged to “hang out with?” They are learning how to relate to their friends and classmates. They are quickly racing ahead with their growing and learning.
When you have longer periods between visits, it soon can become difficult to return to that chatty easy relationship you once enjoyed.
Silence not the answer
Too quickly their answers to your questions about school become one-word answers that will make follow-up conversations or questions more difficult.
With the thought in mind that no one wants to lose the ability to talk to their grandchild, these suggested ideas of how to ask your grandkids about school are offered:
Reverse the approach
They are people too
22. Did anything happen at school today that you wished had not?
23. Your favorite part of the day that you want to happen again tomorrow?
24. What can you do to make tomorrow a great day?
Often repeating the questions
It is a learning time for all of you.
Get your grandchild talking about school.