Ask your teen how school was today and you’re lucky to get a mumbled, ‘Ok’, in response.
That’s it. Topic closed, and you are none the wiser. The problem is, asking someone to sum up a whole day in one answer is pretty hard work.
You are more likely to get them to open up if you ask more open-ended questions. Here are a few to help get you started.
- What did you enjoy most at school today?
- What is your easiest class? What is your most challenging class?
- Which class has your favourite group of students in it?
- What do you think you should do more of at school? What do you think you should do less of?
- What part of the day do you look forward to?
- If you had to go to only one class every day, which class would it be?
- If you were a teacher, which class would you like to teach? Which one would be the worst to teach? Why?
- If your day at school were an emoticon, which one would it be?
Even if you have a good relationship with your teen, he or she might not always open up if they are upset or having a tough time. Always trust your intuition and if you are concerned, try talking to your teen’s year coordinator.