“The bedtime routine brings a feeling of intimacy, of closeness with your parents, which can make a child feel more inclined to open up,” Mylee said.
Dr Anna Cohen, Author of Taming Teens told The Healthy Mummy, “Children like to debrief and talk about their day, but often when you pick them up from school it is not good ‘talking time’ – they are tired, they want to get into other things or get into some quiet time.
Dr Anna added, “When they go to bed – as parents, you are thinking they are really tired – they may actually want to voice their concerns.
“It’s not always a stalling tactic – Families are very busy, so kids don’t have a lot of downtime. Bedtime is a nice intimate time and that’s when they may feel relaxed enough to talk about their day.
“Parents need to be reasonable. If you know your child takes longer to settle down, or if you know your child needs to download at the end of the day it’s a good idea to start the routine earlier.”
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There are a few other things you can do to try and encourage your children to open up to you more and discuss things at a more appropriate time.
1. Notice the little conversation openers 2. Ask nonjudgmental questions that require real answers. 3. Don’t jump in with solutions and advice. 4. Make sure you connect with each of your children every single day 5. Build “special time” with them – be it a coffee date or movie night 6. Always be available and ready to listen without distractions
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