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    How do I make my child share about her school/daycare or any other place when we parents were not with her. I have tried to break the ice several times by sharing the happenings of my day or cooking up some stories to no avail

    Team ParentCircle Answered by Team ParentCircle


    Dear Parent,

    It must be quite upsetting that despite all your efforts to connect with your child through a conversation about her day, she does not respond. So let’s see how you can try to connect with her in other ways:

    • Children find puppets to be very amusing and funny. Use them to tell stories. First, let the stories be about general themes. Gradually you can introduce conversations about school between two child puppets, followed by conversations between parent and child puppets as they share things about their day.
    • Use a story-building activity – your child and you build a story together – take turns to add a line to the story. You can build sharing experiences into your story.
    • Have pretend-play with soft-toy animals. Guide the play in a way that makes the animals talk to each other about various things such as what they like to eat, play, sing and do.
    • Play with your child. Let her direct the play. Be involved and enjoy the time you spend together. When she is upset about something, comfort her with a warm hug to make her feel better. Do silly things that make you laugh together. Get your daughter to help you in the kitchen, sing and chat as you go along. All these activities help build a strong parent-child relationship. Within this trusting relationship, your daughter will feel comfortable sharing many things with you.

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