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Get kids talking after school with some of these easy tips to get the kids to sit with you and jump start the conversation.
As my children are gearing up for school this week I’ve been thinking a lot about what I’d love to get better at and what I want to start doing again. One of the things that I want to get back into the habit of doing is sitting down with my kids after school and having a talk about how their day went.
Of course getting the kids to actually open up about their day can be a real challenge. Sometimes they are bouncing all over the place and other times they seem ready to zone out and do nothing. It can be hard to get them to either sit still so we can chat or to engage enough to actually chat. But it is possible to talk with your kids with a few helpers!
The one thing I can count on is that my kids will be hungry. I found these TEDDY Soft Bakes at my local Kroger affiliate Ralph’s and thought they would be perfect to snag for a nice after school treat.
TEDDY Soft Bakes are a light-textured, fluffy soft baked treat created in the shape of a bear made with ingredients I would be using in my own kitchen. Each one contains a filled center that my kids loved discovering and which tastes great without any artificial flavorings or colors. The were chatting about what part of the bear they were going to try first and were shouting out with what their filling was when they found it.
These little bears are perfectly sized for my kids and I love that they are individually portioned so the rest of the box won’t go stale when we open it and it is easy to control my kids’ portion sizes. Plus, TEDDY Soft Bakes are the treat that’s rooted in the idea that food can help inspire moments of playful discovery, and snack time can provide an opportunity for parents to connect and share with their kids. You need to check out their Discover Teddy site which has tons of fun ideas on ways to engage with your kids!
Here is where you can find a list with your local Kroger or affiliate location to get your own TEDDY Soft Bakes. You can find them in the cookie aisle at your store. My son was ranting and raving the other day about them after he got them from another mom at church so I knew I couldn’t go wrong.
I like to pull out a game so we can sit down with a snack and play and talk. I think the combination of eating and playing puts my kids in a much better sharing mood. Once they start eating they just seem to start talking, mouths stuffed and all. And pulling out a favorite game always gets them excited. Here’s a list of 15 of our favorite games for kids!
We love to set up a blanket outside and have a “picnic” or even just sit at our outdoor table. Being outside helps them relax after being cooped up all day and the picnic makes them feel like this time after school is something special! And it is! Sometimes I have to ask a few questions to get them talking but when they do start talking and sharing it’s wonderful!
Here are some of my favorite questions to get kids talking after school:
- What did you do at recess today?
- Who did you play with?
- What was your favorite thing you did at school today?
- What was your least favorite thing you did at school today?
That first question has been our best engagement question so far. We have found as we start off with that question that our kids are much more likely to answer other questions later because they are already in a talking mood!
I hope you can use some of these tips to start talking with your kids after school!