Kids and teens with anxiety, anger, or avoidance don't always volunteer information about their day.
They may provide you with a few vague pieces of information about how school went, concerns they had with friends, or problems at class - or, they might not. It's helpful to have tools to actually hear more about their day. These are the same prompts that I often use in session to get kids and teens to dig a little deeper than just telling me "I'm fine."
Below are a few conversation prompts to encourage a deeper conversation with your kids at the end of their day.
1. Tell me one good thing and one not so good thing that happened today.
2. What was your favorite part of today?
3. What's one new thing you found out today?
4. What did you dislike the most today?
5. If you could do one thing different tomorrow than you did today, what would it be?
6. Tell me the silliest thing that happened this morning.
Remember to share, too!
Kids and teens are much more likely to open up when you demonstrate some openness on your end as well. Help to demonstrate how family conversations can be fun, and demonstrate some vulnerability by sharing your own positives and negatives.
Curious to hear further suggestions on managing anxiety, anger management, and building a stronger relationship with your kid? Contact Kelsey at Compassionate Counseling St. Louis via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Kelsey specializes in anxiety and anger management for kids and teens. Her office is located in Webster Groves, MO and serves clients in Kirkwood, Town and Country, Creve Coeur, Brentwood, and surrounding areas in St. Louis, MO.