Since Ava was a tiny tot, we have had nighttime chats about her day — or attempted them, anyway.
Much of the time, there would be get a standard response of “I don’t want to talk about it” or “I don’t feel like talking about my day.” That was fine, too. But slowly, she opened up.
Now, she and I have regular “girl talk” while she sits on the potty at night that stretches into when it’s time to curl up in bed.
I’ve tried to start this with Kayla and Kendall, too. Their verbal skills aren’t quite where Ava’s were at this age, so it’s a little harder. They’ll get there, though.
Another mom at Ava’s school pinned this 20 bedtime questions to ask your children list on Pinterest, and I was interested to find out that a few of my staples were on the list:
– What was your favorite part of the day?
– Who did you play with today?
– What are you going to dream about tonight?
I also like to ask all the kids what they ate at lunch and for snack and if they liked it — and what other children had for lunch. That sparks some interesting conversation, let me tell you.
Sounds cheesy, but I want to make sure that I get to know these little people as they grow. And get them all used to talking to me and their daddy now, so we don’t have so much trouble later.