Did you know that a two-year-old child can say at least 100 words and can learn up to a whopping 300 words before she reaches her third year?
And if your child attends daycare at this stage, all the better, because she will not only develop her social skills but will improve her speech significantly. However, some moms have a hard time getting through to their toddler and knowing all about her day. If you are amongst those moms who have to spend hours to get their toddlers to relate details about their school day, then read on, this is just the post for you!
After extensive research online and offline, we have identified and listed out some techniques. They will make it easier for your tiny tot to unwind after school and fill you in with all the news that matters (and the news that don’t!)
Save the good stuff for later 🙂
How do you feel after a long day at work? You just want to relax, don’t you? So Just greet your child with enthusiasm and ask her about her day and let her rehash the day’s events on her own. Prod her on but don’t interrupt. If you are driving her home yourself, carry a small snack in the car. She will be more likely to chat on a full stomach. Rather than interrogating your child immediately, save it for dinner or bathing time.
Know your child’s school schedule
When you know your toddler’s daily schedule, you can ask relevant questions that will encourage her to talk about what happened in class. For example, when you know that your child had a story-telling session that day, you could ask her about the story. When you visit their class, notice the posters and charts that are put up on the wall so you can discuss those later at home. You could ask her about the games they played during PE class that day and so on.
Tell her about your day
Some kids feel pressured when you inquire about their activities at school. It is better if you start the conversation naturally by telling them about your day – how early/late you got to work, the people you met, what you had for lunch… At some point, your toddler will surely join the conversation!
Set aside a ‘special time’ every day for bonding
It could just be 10 minutes but the fact that you are allocating this special time to be with your child will make her feel secure and loved. It could even be at bedtime as you tuck her in, she will probably be ready to answer questions about friends, favorite teachers, and activities. You can then gently ask her about the ‘best moment’ of the day and the “worst” one too. In fact, asking about your child’s uncomfortable moment will make them express their feelings more fluently!