When your kids come home from school do they offer information about their day? Or do you get the, "Yeah, it was good."?
One way my kids tell me about their day is when I ask them about lunch. Most days they pack a lunch and I start off by asking them if they ate all their lunch. Seems strange that a question about lunch will open them up. But it does. They tell me what they ate, who gave them what at the lunch table, who said what, and what's going on at school.
For instance, earlier this week I started off asking about lunch. One of the girl's in school is having a birthday party on Saturday that my kids are going to. Her brother is a friend of my oldest.
At the lunch table some of the girls (not the birthday girl) told my oldest they hoped he wasn't going to the birthday party. I made a comment about how they probably want him to come because he's such a cute boy. To which my youngest said, "No that's not it. It's because he picks his nose." ("Restrain laughter," I told myself.) Then my cute boy said, "At least I don't eat it anymore." Oh the joys of motherhood! And the conversation continued.
All of this because of a question about lunch. So try it out when you see your kids after school. Let me know what crazy, fun, or insightful things you learn about their day. You just never know.
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