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What goes on when our little people are out in the world without us - when they're in childcare, at school, with grandparents, etc?
We want to know all the details! I've said before that I'd pay $5K just to be a fly on the wall for one day at my oldest son's school 😆
When we pick them up, we ask "how was your day?" or "what did you do today?", hoping they'll give us a minute-by-minute replay.
Unfortunately, when you ask those questions, you'll usually just get "good" or "I don't know".
BUT there is a little trick to get more insight into their days without us.
Ask specific questions, like:
Young children can be easily overwhelmed thinking about all the details of their entire day. They don't know where to start.
A specific question can start a conversation and often turns into more dialogue about the day. This can work with older children too.
Just remember that they may also need time to decompress before they're ready talk. They've just "worked" a long day.
If they prefer not to talk on the walk or drive home, just give them a little more time. A snack and drink can help too.
And if your child is having meltdowns after school or daycare, it could be After-School Restraint Collapse. We've written about how to help with that here.
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