Talking with children is not as simple as it sounds!
Toddlers are just learning to put their words together and sometimes we need to decipher what they are yelling at us – often because they’re so frustrated with the inability to clearly communicate.
And as our children get older, sometimes just getting an answer to a question can be a challenge!
We ask our children a lot of questions every day:
How was your sleep?
What colour is this?
Can you come here please?
What would you like to eat?
As parents, we ask them questions to gain insights into their feelings and to identify any challenges they may be facing.
Although questions are a great way to learn more about our children, it is important to pay attention to asking questions that let you get to know your child better, rather than asking questions about what they already know.
There are basically two types of questions you can ask your child: Close-ended or open-ended questions.
Close-ended questions are similar to interviewing. They can be answered with few words such as yes or no, and usually have a right or wrong answer.
Here are some examples of close-ended questions:
Did you like the chicken?
What is your favourite colour?
Are you feeling sad?
Open-ended questions typically require more than a one word response. They force children to think critically, solve problems and use their language skills.
The 30 best open-ended questions to ask your child
Asking open-ended questions takes practice, and lot’s of it!
Have fun and enjoy asking your child these questions, you are sure to learn a lot!