Children’s Corner: Expression
A great way to teach kids to communicate openly is in the questions you ask. Rather than, “How was school today?” try being more specific in order to gain more details. For example, “What part of school made you happy today?” or “Who did you have fun talking to today?” Often times this type of questioning is more fun for children to answer and it makes them more interested in sharing. You may have to ask follow up questions to get them going.
And Remember…some kids also express through drawing and writing so allow those opportunities as well. The more accepting we are the more they will be willing and able to share openly.