Talk to your kids

Kids on Great Wall of China

The other night, after our bedtime story, we turned off the light. I lay down beside her as usual. She said to me, “Mommy, let’s talk about our day today.”

That’s new. I’ve always been curious about what she does at school. But whenever I asked, all I got was a “eh, I don’t know.”

And just when I am about to give up, she brought this up. “OK. Tell me about your day.”

So she started talking. I got to know what she did at circle time; what pictures she drew; who she played with; and she didn’t finish her lunch because she was busy chatting with her friends. 🙂

Then it was my turn. I can’t believe I went blank for a minute. But really, even grown-ups find it hard to digest a long day.

Also, I have to admit I am not the most positive person in the world. There are days I pay too much attention to one negative detail though plenty of good things happened. But that’s not what I want to convey to my daughter. At least I want her to know that I had a great day.

I was forced to see the positive side, the good part of my day. We talked, we laughed. We kissed good night. And I felt great when I left her room that night.

I am so glad that my daughter started this conversation with me. It gives me a chance to get to know her school life, also it helps me ignore some less pleasant situations and think positively. Now it becomes part of night routine. And I feel happier every day.

 

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