Worst-Case Scenarios: Classroom Edition

Your child won't talk about his day.

Some kids, particularly introverted ones, may not be huge on reporting back, especially at the end of a long school day. Rest assured that just because your child isn't into talking doesn't mean he's unhappy. Hold the questions in the car ride home, and wait until after-dinner cuddle time to try to draw him out. Micucci suggests making your kid a contestant on his own show. Say "On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being terrible and 10 being fabulous, how would you rate your day?" If your child picks 8, ask, "What made it an 8?'" You can also try doing a low-key activity, which may naturally get your kid talking. "When kids come to my office, we rarely just talk," Leef explains. "We draw or play Battleship. In ten minutes, a child will give me his life story."

Originally published in the September 2011 issue of Parents magazine.

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